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Carry on Henry VIII (1971)
"Carry on Henry" (original title)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  February 1971 (UK)
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Henry VIII has just married Marie of Normandy, and is eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately for Henry, she is always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of ... See full summary »

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Henry VIII has just married Marie of Normandy, and is eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately for Henry, she is always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of her in his usual manner, Henry has to find some way of doing it without provoking war with Marie's cousin, the King of France. Perhaps if she had an affair... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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A Great Guy with his Chopper

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A pre-fame David Essex was filmed as a debater at Speaker's Corner who interjects a comment ("I intend to!") when Lord Hampton suggests 'having it off' during the anti-Sex Enjoyment Tax argument. However his role was cut from the finished film. See more »

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When Queen Marie is with Cromwell in his room, she says he rescued her from Hampton Court Maze. The Maze wasn't planted until 1689-95, more than 140 years after the film is set. However, the present-day maze was based on an earlier one from Cardinal Wolsey's time, so Queen Marie and Cromwell could have known of the old maze, not the one that's there today. See more »

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Lord Hampton of Wick: Oh, Fawkes!
[When Guy Fawkes blows himself up with his own gunpowder]
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This film is based on a recently discovered manuscript by one William Cobbler which reveals the fact that Henry VIII did in fact have two more wives. Although it was at first thought that Cromwell originated the story, it is now known to be definitely all Cobbler's........ from beginning to end. See more »

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Follows Carry on Cabby (1963) See more »

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Sid James: King of the Carry On.
3 August 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Carry On Henry tells of Henry VIII's other two wives, the ones that history forgot to mention: ample, French, garlic-munching Queen Marie (the delightful Joan Sims) and saucy blonde strumpet Queen Bettina (bubbly Barbara Windsor). When Henry (Sid James) finds it impossible to consummate his marriage to the former thanks to her terrible aroma, he seeks a quickie divorce and an even quicker marriage to the latter, but in doing so threatens to upset both the Vatican and the King of France.

Historically duplicitous and hysterically on the mark, this lively Tudor romp is hugely entertaining viewing thanks to a silly script that plays fast and loose with the facts (even throwing in fun anachronisms such as a breezy jazz rendition of Greensleeves, Guy Fawkes, and the guillotine), plenty of ribald innuendo, lots of heaving bosoms, and spirited performances from the Carry On regulars, with Sid James, in particular, excelling in the role of Henry, giving arguably the greatest (certainly the most memorable) cinematic portrayal of the formidable monarch.


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