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The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

aka The Private Life of Henry VIII.

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Details: 97 mins · English


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Small King Henry VIII
Small Thomas Culpeper
No_movie_poster Thomas Cromwell
Small Wriothesley
No_movie_poster Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
No_movie_poster Duke of Cleves
Small Thomas Peynell
Small Cornell
No_movie_poster The French Executioner
No_movie_poster The English Executioner
Small Anne Boleyn
Small Jane Seymour
Small Anne of Cleves
Small Katherine Howard
No_movie_poster Katherine Parr


Small Alexander Korda Director
Small Alexander Korda Production
No_movie_poster Lajos Biró Writer
No_movie_poster Arthur Wimperis Writer


The film takes place 20 years into King Henry's rule. In May 1536, immediately following the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon), King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) marries Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie), who dies in childbirth eighteen months later. He then weds a German princess, Anne of Cleves (played by Laughton's real-life wife Elsa Lanchester). This marriage ends in divorce when Anne deliberately makes herself unattractive so she can be free to marry her sweetheart. (In an imaginative and high-spirited scene, Anne "wins her freedom" from Henry in a game of cards on their wedding night). After this divorce, Henry marries the beautiful and ambitious Lady Katherine Howard (Binnie Barnes). She has rejected love all her life in favour of ambition, but after her marriage, she falls in love with Henry's handsome courtier Thomas Culpeper (Robert Donat). Their liaison is discovered by Henry's advisers and the couple are executed. The weak and aging Henry consoles himself with a final marriage to Catherine Parr (Everley Gregg), who survives her husband.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2003-01-23