Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
When the film was rereleased in the United States about a decade after its first release there, it was presented in a fake widescreen process called Super Scope, to appeal to mid 1950s viewers then craving the new technologies such as 3D and CinemaScope.The battle footage with the arrows shooting straight up into the air against the enemy was cropped so that the arrows were no longer visible and seemed to have disappeared into space.
O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, ...
The real Henry V had a large scar on the left side of his face, the result of being struck and nearly killed by an arrow at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. The scar is not shown in this film.
The main title appears as a playbill floating over the Globe Theatre. Also, there are no opening credits except for the name of the production company and the film's title, which is commonplace today, but was very rare in 1944.
A pseudo-widescreen version in Superscope played theatres in the late 1950s.