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The Private Life of Henry VIII Details

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Charles Laughton became an international star by chewing both mutton and scenes in his Oscar-winning turn as King Henry VIII. Alexander Korda's British super-production also put the British cinema on the map, which, until this film, received precious little respect in the international film community. The film, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, details the private life of the famous British monarch. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is barely mentioned -- explained away by a prologue which states that she was "too respectable to be included." Henry then marries Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon) but she is soon beheaded. His next wife, Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie), dies during childbirth. His next wife is Anne of Cleves (Elsa Lanchester, in a prelude to her Elsa Lanchester role), whom Henry reluctantly beds with his famous sigh, "The things I've done for England." They divorce and Henry next marries Katherine Howard (Binnie Barnes), who also finds herself beheaded when she has an affair with Henry's friend, Thomas Culpepper (Robert Donat). Finally, Henry is brought down to size with his final wife, Catherine Parr (Everley Gregg). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 1933

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Laughton Best Actor 1932 Winner

Cast

Charles Laughton
as Henry VIII
Binnie Barnes
as Katheryn Howard
Merle Oberon
as Anne Boleyn
Elsa Lanchester
as Anne of Cleves
Everley Gregg
as Catherine Parr
Wendy Barrie
as Jane Seymour
Robert Donat
as Thomas Culpepper
Claud Allister
as Cornell
Miles Mander
as Wriothesley
Lawrence Hanray
as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
William Austin
as Duke of Cleves
John Loder
as Thomas Peynell
Gibb McLaughlin
as French executioner
Judy Kelly
as Lady Rochford
William Austin
as Duke of Cleves
Gibb McLaughlin
as French executioner
Lawrence Hanray
as Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
John Loder
as Thomas Peynell

Crew

Alexander Korda
Director
Alexander Korda
Producer
Arthur Wimperis
Screenwriter
Lajos Biró
Screenwriter
Georges Périnal
Cinematographer
Harold Young
Editor
Stephen Harrison
Editor
Vincent Korda
Art Director
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