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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) DVD

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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)


 Alexander Korda


 Lajos Biró (story) (as Lajos Biro) , Arthur Wimperis(story)


 Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall
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).
Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024473/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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  1. Once again....a small part becomes larger than life... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Mar 27th 2016

    Merle Oberon as Anne Bolyn in the few hours before her beheading. Played with dignity and subtlety, a memorable role. Why Henry would want Anyone but Merle is beyond this viewer's comprehension ;-)

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