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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 »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... King Henry VIII
Kenneth Williams ... Thomas Cromwell
Charles Hawtrey ... Sir Roger de Lodgerley
Joan Sims ... Queen Marie
Terry Scott ... Cardinal Wolsey
Barbara Windsor ... Bettina
Kenneth Connor ... Lord Hampton of Wick
Julian Holloway ... Sir Thomas
Peter Gilmore ... King Francis of France
Julian Orchard ... Duc de Poncenay
Gertan Klauber Gertan Klauber ... Bidet
David Davenport David Davenport ... Major Domo
Margaret Nolan ... Buxom Lass
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Physician
Norman Chappell ... First Plotter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A Great Guy with his Chopper

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carry on Henry VIII See more »

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Budget:

£250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original alternative title was to be Anne of a Thousand Lays, a pun on Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). See more »

Goofs

At one point, Henry and his courtiers are seen out riding in Windsor Great Park. However, many of the features of the Park and Windsor Castle in shot were not built until the mid-17th to early 19th centuries; for example, the Long Walk along which they are riding was constructed by Charles II in the 1660s, the trees were planted by William III in the 1680s, whilst the current south range of Windsor Castle's Upper Ward, and the upper story of the Castle's Round Tower, were built by George IV in the 1820s. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The scene in the barn where Sidney James has a rough and ready encounter with Margaret Nolan is often trimmed for television screenings. See more »

Connections

Edited into Carry on Laughing: Episode #1.5 (1981) See more »

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Wives and duffers
2 October 2013 | by LejinkSee 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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