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The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 21 September 1933 (USA)
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Lajos Biró (story and dialogue) (as Lajos Biro), Arthur Wimperis (story and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Henry VIII
Robert Donat ... Thomas Culpeper
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... Thomas Cromwell
Miles Mander ... Wriothesley
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Archbishop Cranmer
William Austin ... Duke of Cleves
John Loder ... Peynell
Claud Allister ... Cornell (as Claude Allister)
Gibb McLaughlin ... The French Executioner (as Gibb Mc.Laughlin)
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 Everley Gregg ... Katherine Parr - The Sixth Wife
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Storyline

This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr). Written by Anonymous

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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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vida privada de Enrique VIII See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£60,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stunned by Merle Oberon's radiant beauty, director William Wyler recommended to his cousin Carl Laemmle that he sign her. Months later Wyler discovered that Universal had taken his advice, but mistakenly signed Binnie Barnes. See more »

Goofs

When Henry and Katherine Howard are sitting together in front of the fire in the banqueting hall, his arms are resting on the chair arms, but in the next shot his hands are now clasped in front of him and Katherine's hands have moved position on the ends of her armchair. See more »

Quotes

King Henry VIII: You know, the Germans offered me half of France if I'd join 'em... heh... and the French offered me Flanders. Heh heh heh. They're very generous with each other's territory, heh heh heh. In my youth, in Wolsey's time, I'd have accepted one offer or the other, but what's the use of new territories and wars, wars, wars again?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Henry VIII had six wives. Catherine of Aragon was the first; but her story is of no particular interest - she was a respectable woman-so Henry divorced her. He then married Anne Boleyn. This marriage also was a failure-but not for the same reason. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Charles Laughton (1956) See more »

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Charles Laughton IS Henry VIII.
6 April 1999 | by Film DogSee all my reviews

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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