You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Private Life of Henry VIII

Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can be said that he had six wives, of whom the picture concerns itself with five. A couple are inclined to beat about the royal bush, so they thereby lose their heads for being promiscuous.

With:
Charles Laughton Binnie Barnes Merle Oberon Elsa Lanchester Wendy Barrie Robert Donat

Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can be said that he had six wives, of whom the picture concerns itself with five. A couple are inclined to beat about the royal bush, so they thereby lose their heads for being promiscuous.

Laughton is happily supported right down the line, especially by Merle Oberon, Binnie Barnes, Robert Donat and Elsa Lancester. The fair Barnes shares with Lanchester the major portion of footage devoted to the wives while Oberon is a British edition of Fay Wray.

Of comedy highlights audiences will probably like best the card game between Henry and Anne of Cleves (Lanchester), in which she takes him for almost half his kingdom, and the ruler at the banquet table. It being the open season for belching, Laughton demonstrates that he is equally as adept in this as at giving the ‘berry [If I Had a Million, 1932].

1932/33: Best Actor (Charles Laughton).

Nomination: Best Picture

The Private Life of Henry VIII

UK

Production: London. Director Alexander Korda; Producer Alexander Korda; Screenplay Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis; Camera Georges Perinal; Editor Harold Young, Stephen Harrison; Music Kurt Schroeder; Art Director Vincent Korda

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Charles Laughton Binnie Barnes Merle Oberon Elsa Lanchester Wendy Barrie Robert Donat

More Film

  • The Rock Rampage

    China Box Office: 'Rampage' Wins Quiet Weekend

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

  • Zoe Ewan McGregor

    Tribeca Film Review: 'Zoe'

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

  • James Cameron Pandora World of Avatar

    James Cameron Talks Plans for Five 'Avatar' Films & More 'Terminator'

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

  • Rampage

    Dwayne Johnson's 'Rampage' Continues to Roar Overseas

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Box Office: 'A Quiet Place' Back on Top, 'Super Troopers 2' Smokes Projections

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

  • 'The Night Eats the World' Review

    Tribeca Film Review: 'The Night Eats the World'

    Unquestionably the perfect pick for the part, it must also be said that Charles Laughton is aided no little by the script, more generous to the character of Henry VIII than most of his biographers. The corpulent ruler is here made rather a jolly old soul and, for those who may have forgotten, it can […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content