The Private Life of Henry VIII

The Private Life of Henry VIII

Director: Alexander Korda Cast: Charles Laughton, Binnie Barnes, Merle Oberon

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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 Bride of Frankenstein 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).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290224958
Original Release: 1933
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 22,949

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Henry VIII
Binnie Barnes Katheryn Howard
Merle Oberon Anne Boleyn
Elsa Lanchester Anne of Cleves
Everley Gregg Catherine Parr
Wendy Barrie Jane Seymour
Robert Donat Thomas Culpepper
Lady Tree Henry's Old Nurse
Claud Allister Cornell
Miles Mander Wriothesley
Franklin Dyall Thomas Cromwell
Lawrence Hanray Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
William Austin Duke of Cleves
John Loder Thomas Peynell
Gibb McLaughlin French executioner
Frederick Culley Duke of Norfolk
Judy Kelly Lady Rochford
Sam Livesey Executioner
John Turnbull Hans Holbein

Technical Credits
Alexander Korda Director,Producer
John Armstrong Costumes/Costume Designer
Lajos Biro Screenwriter
Espinosa Choreography
Stephen Harrison Editor
Vincent Korda Art Director
Peter Lindsey Consultant/advisor
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Kurt Schroeder Score Composer
Ludovico Toeplitz Producer
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter
Harold Young Editor

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