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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 30 April 1941 (USA)
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Walter Reisch (original screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Leigh ... Emma Lady Hamilton
Laurence Olivier ... Lord Horatio Nelson
Alan Mowbray ... Sir William Hamilton
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon
Gladys Cooper ... Lady Frances Nelson
Henry Wilcoxon ... Captain Hardy
Heather Angel ... A Streetgirl
Halliwell Hobbes ... Rev. Nelson
Gilbert Emery ... Lord Spencer
Miles Mander ... Lord Keith
Ronald Sinclair ... Josiah
Luis Alberni ... King of Naples
Norma Drury ... Queen of Naples
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Gavin
Juliette Compton ... Lady Spencer
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Storyline

Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma, who comes for a visit with her mother, wouldn't cut the grade with London society, but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton, and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling, and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real-life lovers, whose first screen romance was in Fire Over England (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this movie. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

30 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Hamilton See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The King and Queen of Naples depicted in this movie are Ferdinando IV and Maria Carolina d'Austria. Ferdinando IV was a member of the Bourbon/Borbon/Borbone family, a French dynasty which came to Italy by way of Spain. (When the kingdoms of southern Italy were "rebooted" after the Napoléon Bonaparte Wars, this King's designation was changed to Ferdinando I of Two Sicilies, so you may find him listed as such in reference books.) Ferdinando's elder brother was King Carlos IV of Spain, and their first cousin King Louis XVI of France was married to Marie Antoinette, sister of Maria Carolina. The latter's fanatical personality as shown here, was fueled by grief over the French Revolutionary executions of Louis and Antoinette in 1793. The close connections between all of these rulers are a testament to the incestuous nature of European international politics in the eighteenth century. See more »

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During the battle of Trafalgar, a ship with four gun decks is shown burning and sinking. This can only be the Spanish ship Santísima Trinidad, the only ship in the battle with four gun decks, and the largest and most powerful 'battleship' in the world at the time. The real Santísima Trinidad was captured by the British and taken in tow as a war prize, but was lost in a storm at sea on its way to England. See more »

Quotes

Emma: I don't care how dull it is. I want to know.
Sir William Hamilton: Well, here's England.
Emma: Such a tiny little bit. Where are we?
Sir William Hamilton: Here at Naples.
Emma: But why should England fight?
Sir William Hamilton: Well because, all through these centuries, she has built up a commonwealth in which every little spot has its purpose and value to the balance line of life. And there are always men, who for the sake of their insane ambition, want to destroy what other people build. And therefore this 'tiny little bit', as you call it Emma, has to send out its ...
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Remake of The Divine Lady (1929) See more »

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Vivien Leigh does it again
20 October 2005 | by wright7700See all my reviews

This is a beautiful period piece with the incomparable Vivien Leigh at her peak, just after GWTW and Waterloo Bridge. For a 1940's era production, the sets and lighting are outstanding, and the remaining cast is credible. Laurence Olivier may have been the best actor in history, but I do not appreciate it here. Perhaps this was not his best role. Leigh runs circles around him.

This film is worth a look for Leigh fans and those liking British period work, along with war propaganda. Here the noble civilized Brits are threatened by Napoleon (which is easily drawn to comparison with Hitler, being 1941).

Certainly, this is worth a look. Jolly Good Show.


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