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Carry on Henry

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Carry On Henry is the (almost) true story of the love life of that much-married English monarch, King Henry VIII. A right Royal flush is guaranteed when flirty Bettina becomes a favorite at court much to the displeasure of Queen Marie. Discover previously hidden details of Henry's private life, such as his hatred of garlic and his love of hunting (wenches, that is!). Sid James turns in a majestic performance and is given noble support by Carry On greats Kenneth Williams, Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey and Kenneth Connor as his not-so-loyal courtiers.

Product Details

  • Actors: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QWGWE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
The Carry On team are at it again in "Carry On Henry VIII" (original title: "Carry On Henry", UK 1972). It delves into the dirty dealings of English history and to the many wives of King Henry VIII. One of the best of the series, and worth the $30.00!
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Format: VHS Tape
Following on from the hot success of Carry On Loving (1970), the gang retreated into another historical theme. The series always seemed to be at its finest when doing a period comedy and Carry On Henry (1970) ranks up there with some of the greats of the series such as Cleo (1964), Don't Lose Your Head (1966), Screaming (1966) and Up The Kyber (1968).
Fresh from having one of his wives beheaded (Patsy Rolands), King Henry (played brilliantly by Sid James, injecting his usual rogue-like characterisation into the role) immediatley marries Quen Marie (a superb comic turn from Joan Sims in what is possibly her most lengthy and amusing role in the series) but once they retreat to the bed chamber, Henry discovers that Marie continually stinks of garlic and she is not about to give it up for anyone. As Marie is sister to the King of France, Henry realises it won't be so easy to have this wife beheaded. He soon becomes besotted with Bettina (beautifully played by the bubbly Barbara Windsor who said that this was her favourite Carry On) and soon plots to get rid of his French Queen.
This Carry On film stands very well and Talbot Rothwells dialogue races along, sparkling with witty repartee and fast, furious one-liners. Sid James, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor are easily the best players here, though Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey camp it up to the end and are consistently amusing in doing so. Also popping up are Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey and Kenneth Connor as Lord Hampton of Wick. The location filming and grand, elaborate sets are authentic and Eric Rogers music is masterful. Possibly the best 1970's Carry On film.
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Format: DVD
Following the mildly risque, Carry On Loving (1970) the gang retreated back into a historical theme for its next entry with Carry on Henry. Critics may well have had a point when they said the Carry On films always scored best with their period comedies.

The authentic feel of the film is made impressively accurate from the grand, elaborate sets and grand, lavish costumes which captures the feel of the era impeccably well. It also looks far more expensive than it actually was as the Carry On films were renowned for their cheap and cheerful shoestring budget.

This in no way attempts to be correct in its detail with the plot obviously completely fictionalised but is a fun parody of the myth about Henry VIII. Sid James is superb in the role, playing it masterfully and marks a subtle contrast between his own usually likeable, rogue-like womaniser to the evil, power mad Henry VIII who married several wives during his reign and had them savagly beheaded once their purpose had been served (in his eyes at least).

In this entry, Henry VIII marries Queen Marie of Normandy who is masterfully played by the lovely Joan Sims. Joan Sims is in possibly her greatest characterisation in a Carry On film and is given plenty of screen time. Her efforts to woo Sid James are often hilarious and her blatant forth-coming attitude is refreshingly amusing. Joan shares some great scenes with Sid James and Charles Hawtrey as well as one priceless scene of her desperately trying to seduce the irresponsive Kenneth Williams. Classic stuff!

However mid way through the film, the lovely Bertina arrives at one of the Kings dance. He catches Henry VIII's roving eyes who immediately becomes attracted to her.
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