period: Henry the Fift

Henry the Fift

The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France was made during World War Two as a moral booster: ‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’ and all that. I guess its effect depended on the standard British history education which was big on Agincourt and Crécy but a bit hazy on England losing the Hundred Years’ War.

Henry V proves his ability as a soldier and skillful leader by uniting the dissident factions in the English army and goes on to crush the French, against enormous odds, at Agincourt. Arranging a treaty with the French court, he woos Princess Katharine (Renée Asherson) to whom he is formally betrothed as part of the peace agreement.

The makeup

Tony Sforzini was the makeup artist.