The Public Life of Henry the Ninth

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The Public Life of Henry the Ninth
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Directed by Bernard Mainwaring
Written byC. G. H. "Bert" Ayres (uncredited) [1]
Produced byHenry Fraser Passmore
Starring Leonard Henry
Betty Frankiss
George Mozart
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [1]
Release date
  • January 1935 (1935-01)
Running time
60 minutes [2]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Public Life of Henry the Ninth is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Bernard Mainwaring and starring Leonard Henry, Betty Frankiss, and George Mozart. This film was the first film made by Hammer Productions, and was Henry's film debut. It is set largely in the bar of the Henry VIII public house, with the title alluding to the 1933 Oscar-winning film The Private Life of Henry VIII .


Originally released in 1935 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was released again in 1940, this time by Exclusive. [1]

It is on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list of lost films. [1]


Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin called Leonard Henry "a likeable character in his first film," and assessed the movie as "good light entertainment without being riotously funny." [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Public Life of Henry the Ninth / BFI Most Wanted". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010.
  2. A clipping shown in the BFI 75 Most Wanted entry indicates a running time of 61 minutes.