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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... King Henry VIII
... Thomas Cromwell
... Sir Roger de Lodgerley
... Queen Marie
... Cardinal Wolsey
... Bettina
... Lord Hampton of Wick
... Sir Thomas
... King Francis of France
... Duc de Poncenay
Gertan Klauber ... Bidet
David Davenport ... Major Domo
... Buxom Lass
William Mervyn ... Physician
Norman Chappell ... First Plotter
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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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A Great Guy with his Chopper

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£250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The bearded torturer (David Prowse) is the guy who wore the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), and the monster in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970). See more »

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At the end of the film, Henry VIII asks the name of a maid. If she is Catherine Howard, as she says, that dates Carry on Henry to some time between the 9 July 1540 (when Henry divorced Anne of Cleves) and the 28 July 1540 (when he married Catherine Howard). If that's true, where are the king's children? Mary, having been born in 1516, would have been aged 24; Elizabeth, having been born in 1533, would have been aged 7; Edward, having been born in 1537, would have been aged 3. See more »

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Lord Hampton of Wick: Oh, Fawkes!
[When Guy Fawkes blows himself up with his own gunpowder]
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Opening credits: 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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Follows Carry on Loving (1970) See more »

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Sid James: King of the Carry On.
3 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Carry On Henry tells of Henry VIII's other two wives, the ones that history forgot to mention: ample, French, garlic-munching Queen Marie (the delightful Joan Sims) and saucy blonde strumpet Queen Bettina (bubbly Barbara Windsor). When Henry (Sid James) finds it impossible to consummate his marriage to the former thanks to her terrible aroma, he seeks a quickie divorce and an even quicker marriage to the latter, but in doing so threatens to upset both the Vatican and the King of France.

Historically duplicitous and hysterically on the mark, this lively Tudor romp is hugely entertaining viewing thanks to a silly script that plays fast and loose with the facts (even throwing in fun anachronisms such as a breezy jazz rendition of Greensleeves, Guy Fawkes, and the guillotine), plenty of ribald innuendo, lots of heaving bosoms, and spirited performances from the Carry On regulars, with Sid James, in particular, excelling in the role of Henry, giving arguably the greatest (certainly the most memorable) cinematic portrayal of the formidable monarch.


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