Charles Laughton gulps beer and chomps on mutton, in his first of many iconic screen roles, as King Henry VIII, the ultimate anti-husband. Alexander Korda’s first major international success is a raucous, entertaining, even poignant peek into the boudoirs of the infamous king and his six wives.
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After 10 minutes, the suspense is unbearable: How Korda will film Anne Boleyn's decapitation ? An uneasy task after three scenes of comedy.
With ´The Barretts of Wimpole Street', ´White Woman', 'The Island of Lost Souls' and this Alexander Korda production, Charles Laughton took by storm Hollywood and became THE actor to hire if you wanted the critics to praise your movie.
Remember that cartoon from the 90's, "Histeria"? Where they took a historical figure and made a comedic story out of his or her life, while at the same time teaching you something? This film is aspiring toward the same end. Laughton is a bit annoying with all of his prancing about and guffawing, but there were some great racy jokes here and there.