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Carry on Henry VIII (1971)

Carry on Henry (original title)
GP | | Comedy, Romance | March 1972 (USA)
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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Trivia

This is the second time that Sidney James has played a character that was originally portrayed by Richard Burton, as well as worn the same costume. The first time was Carry on Cleo (1964) as Marc Antony. See more »

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At one point Henry and his courtiers are seen out riding in Windsor Great Park. However, many of the features of the Park and Windsor Castle in shot were not built until the mid-17th to early 19th centuries; for example, the Long Walk along which they are riding was constructed by Charles II in the 1660s, the trees were planted by William III in the 1680s, whilst the current south range of Windsor Castle's Upper Ward, and the upper story of the Castle's Round Tower, were built by George IV in the 1820s. See more »

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Thomas Cromwell: Sign this!
Sir Roger de Lodgerley: Without even reading it?
Thomas Cromwell: I'll read it to you. It's just a simple little confession. "In as much as I, Roger de Lodgerley, of Bedside Manor, Wilts, hereinafter referred to as the party of the first part, did unlawfully, with malice aforethought and without taking due precaution, on the night of October 4th last, admire, covet, blandish, cosset, seduce and otherwise get at Marie, spouse to Henry Tudor, hereinafter referred to as the party of the second part, I do now hereby solemnly ...
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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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Entertaining entry in the comedy franchise
7 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Carry on Henry is an entertaining enough entry in the comedy franchise, but I don't think it is as good as Carry on Cleo, Carry on Screaming or Carry On Up the Khyber. It is true that Talbot Rothwell's script isn't the sharpest one on the block, though there are some great one liners("it's all cock and no pea") and some priceless scenes, especially the ones with Barbara Windsor. Sid James is suitably merry as the monarch of the title, and Kenneth Williams is hilarious as always. Barbara Windsor looked lovely and also gives a very funny performance. The direction and photography have little fault, perhaps a little leisurely with the former, likewise with the scenery and costumes which were both very nice. However while there is evidence of making the jokes funny, the plot isn't as impressive, it had a tendency to become slow and unfocused. Still it is very enjoyable, so I will give it a 7/10. Bethany Cox


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