Carry On Henry

Carry On Henry

Gerald Thomas (1971)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Mercilessly spoofing the Richard Burton/Geneviève Bujold historical drama Anne of the Thousand Days, this raucous history lesson from the Carry On crew is something of an on-off affair, rather like Henry's marriage to Marie of Normandy. For once, Talbot Rothwell's script isn't as sharp as an executioner's axe, but there are still plenty of wicked one-liners and savage parodies. Sid James makes a suitably merry monarch, while Joan Sims gives her best performance of the series as his garlic-gobbling queen. Exceptional support is provided by Kenneth Williams as Thomas Cromwell and Charles Hawtrey as the wonderfully named Sir Roger de Lodgerley.


King Henry VIII plots to rid himself of his new French wife when her craving for garlic becomes too much to cope with. However, he cannot afford to anger the king of France, and tries to make it look as if his queen has had an affair. Comedy, starring Sid James, Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Terry Scott, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Connor.

Cast & Crew

Henry VIII Sidney James
Thomas Cromwell Kenneth Williams
Sir Roger de Lodgerley Charles Hawtrey
Queen Marie Joan Sims
Cardinal Wolsey Terry Scott
Bettina Barbara Windsor
Lord Hampton of Wick Kenneth Connor
Sir Thomas Julian Holloway
King Francis Peter Gilmore
Duc de Pincenay Julian Orchard
Bidet Gertan Klauber
Fawkes Bill Maynard
Director Gerald Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD