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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 <>

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A Great Guy with his Chopper


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Eric Rogers' title music is based on the traditional piece "Green Sleeves". See more »


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 »


Cardinal Wolsey: A drink, Ma'am?
Queen Marie: Thank you.
Cardinal Wolsey: I can heartily recommend the porter here.
Queen Marie: Really? Then do send him up to my room later.
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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 »


Follows Carry on Jack (1963) See more »

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Wives and duffers
2 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On paper this could have been one of the funniest Carry On features, with plum parts for Sid James as Henry VIII and Kenneth Williams as the King's schemer-supreme Thomas Cromwell, but after the written prologue which describes what follows as a load of old Cobblers, I found little else to amuse me in this irreverent romp through Tudor England. This time, I found the bombardment of unsubtle innuendo and the casually sexist treatment of women in the film to be predictable and wearing, with too few funny lines to alleviate the smutty stream which pretty much permeates the whole film.

All the women are treated as sexual objects and are all, it seems, dressed with low-cut gowns leaving the menfolk to gawk at and grope them at will. Like so many other low-brow British comedies of the time on screens both big and small, this un-P.C outlook towards females really has dated very badly and lacks the saving grace of genuinely funny gags.

Old troopers like James, Williams and Joan Sims try hard but even with them it's possible to detect a discernible going through the motions and by the time we get to see Barbara Windsor's bare bottom well into the film, it's obvious that the series's best days are behind it (no pun intended).

At its best, as in say, "Carry On Cleo", "Carry On Cowboy" or "Carry On Up The Khyber", the series had lots of funny characters and a ready, typically saucy British seaside humour which made them easy to watch and chuckle along to. However this jaded effort really lets the side down and makes for a weak entry in its long-running history.

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