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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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Did You Know?

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

Sir Roger is tortured with an Iron Maiden. However, the earliest known Maiden does not appear until 1793, and was probably not a genuine torture implement, but a fictional 'medieval' device designed to shock and fascinate paying visitors to an exhibition. See more »

Quotes

Lord Hampton of Wick: Oh, Fawkes!
[When Guy Fawkes blows himself up with his own gunpowder]
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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

Follows Carry on Camping (1969) See more »

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One of the gang's best
28 February 2000 | by Erich-13See all my reviews

An outstanding spoof of historical costume dramas, "Carry On Henry" is one of the best, if not THE best, of the Carry On series. Sid James is in great form as the frustrated King Henry VIII, with fine support from Kenneth Williams & Terry Scott as the schemers Cromwell & Wolsey, Joan Sims as the buxom, garlic-addicted queen, Charles Hawtrey as her unlikely paramour, and Barbara Windsor as the giggly maiden pursued by the king. The performers are all at their best, the script is packed with clever gags, and the production values could compete with any "serious" period piece of the time. Highly recommended to both fans and newcomers to the series.


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