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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry VIII
... Thomas Culpeper
Franklin Dyall ... Thomas Cromwell
... Wriothesley
Lawrence Hanray ... Archbishop Cranmer
... Duke of Cleves
... Peynell
... Cornell (as Claude Allister)
... The French Executioner (as Gibb Mc.Laughlin)
... The English Executioner
... Anne Boleyn - The Second Wife
... Jane Seymour - The Third Wife
... Anne of Cleves - The Fourth Wife
... Katherine Howard - The Fifth Wife
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 »


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21 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La vida privada de Enrique VIII  »

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Budget:

£60,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film inaugurated the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in St. Louis Sunday 30 May 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), in Chicago Monday 7 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), in Cleveland Sunday 27 June 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), and in New York City Sunday 11 July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11); in Philadelphia, it first aired Friday 19 November 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Sunday 19 December 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Atlanta Wednesday 12 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati Monday 30 May 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. 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

[Henry's fourth wedding night]
King Henry VIII: My wife? Huh... not yet.
Anne of Cleves: Poor mother told me... first he says the marriage is no good, and then he cuts off the head with an ax chopper!
King Henry VIII: That is an exaggeration, madam.
Anne of Cleves: Then why do you say I am not yet your wife?
King Henry VIII: Well, madam, uh, a marriage ceremony doesn't make us one.
Anne of Cleves: Mmm?
[shows her ring]
King Henry VIII: Oh, yes, yes, yes, 's all right, but you, uh, have to, umm, I have to...
Anne of Cleves: What?
[...]
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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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Charles Laughton as the Tudor king
2 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Alexander Korda's film about Henry VIII was a worthy Oscar winner - the first time a British film was so recognised. Seen now it is a dated piece of work but Charles Laughton has the heart and soul of the king down to perfection - grumbling, belching, ripping meat of the bones with his bare hands, leering at the women of his court, and - when the situation allows it - giving the part a fair amount of pathos.

Oddly, the film begins with the execution of Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon). We don't see the first wife, Katherine of Aragon, at all. Wendy Barrie is Jane Seymour, the one true love of Henry's life - for her he changed his initialled monogram from an entwined H and A (for Anne) to H and J. Catherine Howard is played by Binnie Barnes - she's a bit too flighty for my liking and not an accurate reading of Catherine as history renders her. Robert Donat has a thankless part as Culpeper, who Catherine sets her sights on. And as Catherine Parr, the last Queen to Henry and the one to outlast him, Everley Gregg is amusing and touching.

The scene-stealer as usual though is the real-life Mrs Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, playing the plain, card-dealing, Anne of Cleves. She puts this part across with little effort, wheedling money from her new husband in lieu of the expected fruits of their wedding night. These scenes are a great source of comedy as the two pros play off each other.

'The Private Life of Henry VIII' is a good play, and just when you think you know how the part is going to go, it surprises you as all good acting should. Laughton would do other good work for Korda (including Rembrandt a few years later) but this is one of his best remembered roles for British cinema.


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