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The Private Life of Henry VIII. -- Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (story) and
Arthur Wimperis (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 September 1933 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
HE GAVE HIS WIVES A PAIN IN THE NECK And did his necking with an axe. Henry, the Eighth Wonder of the World! And this picture...the wonder of all time! See more »
Plot:
Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
10 Best Royal Films
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 12 November 2013, 8:26 AM, PST)

A Journey Through the Eclipse Series: Alexander Korda’s Rembrandt
 (From CriterionCast. 11 July 2011, 12:00 PM, PDT)

What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #80
 (From Rope Of Silicon. 13 February 2011, 8:19 AM, PST)

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Charles Laughton as the Tudor king See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Henry VIII

Robert Donat ... Thomas Culpeper
Franklin Dyall ... Thomas Cromwell

Miles Mander ... Wriothesley
Laurence Hanray ... Archbishop Cranmer (as Lawrence Hanray)
William Austin ... Duke of Cleves
John Loder ... Peynell
Claud Allister ... Cornell (as Claude Allister)
Gibb McLaughlin ... The French Executioner
Sam Livesey ... The English Executioner

Merle Oberon ... Anne Boleyn The Second Wife
Wendy Barrie ... Jane Seymour The Third Wife

Elsa Lanchester ... Anne of Cleves The Fourth Wife
Binnie Barnes ... Katherine Howard The Fifth Wife
Everley Gregg ... Katherine Parr The Sixth Wife
Lady Tree ... The King's Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Culley ... Duke of Norfolk (uncredited)
Mark Daly ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Annie Esmond ... The Cook's Wife (uncredited)
William Heughan ... Kingston (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
Judy Kelly ... Lady Rochford (uncredited)
Wally Patch ... Butcher in Kitchen (uncredited)
Hay Petrie ... The King's Barber (uncredited)

Terry-Thomas ... Extra (uncredited)
John Turnbull ... Hans Holbein (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Korda 
 
Writing credits
Lajos Biró (story and dialogue) (as Lajos Biro) and
Arthur Wimperis (story and dialogue)

Arthur Wimperis (scenario)

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
Ludovico Toeplitz .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Kurt Schröder  (as Kurt Schroeder)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (photography by) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Harrison 
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong (costumes designed by)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer
C.P. Norman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Man Mountain Dean .... stunt double: Charles Laughton (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... camera (as Osmond Borrodaile)
 
Editorial Department
Harold Young .... editorial supervisor
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... assistant musical director (uncredited)
Kurt Schröder .... musical director (uncredited)
Alfred Strasser .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Strasser .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Philip Lindsay .... technical adviser
Espinosa .... choreographer (uncredited)
Phillip Glasier .... falcon cadger (uncredited)
C.W.R. Knight .... falconry expert (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) (2009) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1992) (1996) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film's success enabled Alexander Korda to establish London Films.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Anne of Cleves compares Henry to the legend of Bluebeard, a literary reference not known to exist before 1697.See more »
Quotes:
Thomas Culpeper:I never should have come, Kate. We can't go on like this.
Katherine Howard:I know, it's dreadful, seeing each other every day and never being alone together...
Thomas Culpeper:Oh, it's not that, it's... it's being torn in half between you and the King.
Katherine Howard:But, Tom, we belong to each other!
Thomas Culpeper:No. We belong to him.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Seinfeld: The Gum (#7.10)" (1995)See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Charles Laughton as the Tudor king, 2 April 2005
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Alexander Korda's film about Henry VIII was a worthy Oscar winner - the first time a British film was so recognised. Seen now it is a dated piece of work but Charles Laughton has the heart and soul of the king down to perfection - grumbling, belching, ripping meat of the bones with his bare hands, leering at the women of his court, and - when the situation allows it - giving the part a fair amount of pathos.

Oddly, the film begins with the execution of Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon). We don't see the first wife, Katherine of Aragon, at all. Wendy Barrie is Jane Seymour, the one true love of Henry's life - for her he changed his initialled monogram from an entwined H and A (for Anne) to H and J. Catherine Howard is played by Binnie Barnes - she's a bit too flighty for my liking and not an accurate reading of Catherine as history renders her. Robert Donat has a thankless part as Culpeper, who Catherine sets her sights on. And as Catherine Parr, the last Queen to Henry and the one to outlast him, Everley Gregg is amusing and touching.

The scene-stealer as usual though is the real-life Mrs Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, playing the plain, card-dealing, Anne of Cleves. She puts this part across with little effort, wheedling money from her new husband in lieu of the expected fruits of their wedding night. These scenes are a great source of comedy as the two pros play off each other.

'The Private Life of Henry VIII' is a good play, and just when you think you know how the part is going to go, it surprises you as all good acting should. Laughton would do other good work for Korda (including Rembrandt a few years later) but this is one of his best remembered roles for British cinema.

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