Elsa Lanchester, Merle Oberon, Binnie Barnes, Wendy Barrie and Everley Gregg are five of the wives, although curiously we don't meet Catherine of Aragon in Alexander Korda's lively historical romp. The film, though, belongs to Charles Laughton and his extraordinarily vivid portrayal of a man worn down by his own appetites.
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THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII 2.15pm C4