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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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EVERY WOMAN GOT IT IN THE NECK - Eventually See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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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

Charles Laughton and his co-stars were asked to defer their fees until after the premiere. See more »

Goofs

When Henry has Wriothesley on the table, Wriothesley's hand goes from the table to his throat between shots. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Howard: Who's there?
King Henry VIII: Henry.
Katherine Howard: Henry who?
King Henry VIII: The King.
Katherine Howard: Oh, the King, not the man.
King Henry VIII: Unlock the door.
Katherine Howard: Isn't it rather late for a maid to unlock her door to a... man?
King Henry VIII: On, come on, unlock the door.
Katherine Howard: Is that a command?
King Henry VIII: Yes.
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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 »

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Great classic movie with Charles Laughton
11 April 2001 | by RIO-15See all my reviews

The personal life of England's infamous monarch is portrayed marvellously in this British classic.Starting with the beheading of his second wife the ambitious Anne Boleyn we follow Laughton's masterly performance of King Henry through his subsequent marriages which all end in tragedy,until his last wife outlives him.

Charles Laughton is simply fantastic in his role.Portraying the King of England as a virile,charming but dangerous man when he's young and a crouching,old fool in his latest years.Very good performances also by Elsa Lanchester and Binnie Barnes as two of his wives. Rating: **** out of *****


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