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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)
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Charles Laughton IS Henry VIII. See more (30 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
Maud Tree ... The King's Nurse (as Lady Tree)
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)
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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)
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

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Trivia:
Because of the memorable banquet scene, Charles Laughton for many years thereafter was often given a free roasted chicken, without utensils, by restaurant owners who thought it was a good joke.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Henry has Wriothesley on the table, Wriothesley's hand goes from the table to his throat between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Thomas Cromwell:Sire, we need more heirs.
King Henry VIII:I have given you three, two daughters and a son! I grant you, the daughters show little promise; Mary may grow to wisdom, but Elizabeth'll never learn to rule so much as a kitchen. Ah, but the boy is my second self.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Charles Laughton IS Henry VIII., 6 April 1999
Author: Film Dog from United States

Charles Laughton is quite simply one of the best actors to ever grace the earth. EVER. He proves his range once again as he portrays Henry VIII. Now, I've never seen Henry VIII, but I swore I was looking at him. To me, Laughton is that convincing. Compare this confident, powerful character to his 'Ruggles', in "Ruggles of Red Gap". A total wimp. A complete 180. Then there's Capt. Bligh. From sissy to nasty. The freaks: Quasimodo, Dr. Moreau, Nero, et.al. To say this man can play any sort of role is putting it mildly. Name one other actor with more range. I personally can't.

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