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A partly fictionalized account of history begins with the arrival of slatternly Emma Hart, a cook's daughter, at the home of Charles Greville. Greville takes her as his lover and grooms her until their relationship becomes an inconvenience. Greville then dupes Emma into traveling to Naples to live with his uncle, Lord Hamilton, ambassador to the court at Naples. Realizing that Greville has abandoned her, Emma agrees to marry Lord Hamilton. Soon, however, she meets Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy. Emma plays a crucial role in convincing Naples to open its ports to Nelson during his campaign against Napoleon's French fleet. Soon, Emma and the married Nelson become romantically involved -- a relationship which will have consequences for them both. Written by
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Director Frank Lloyd won the Academy Award for Directing this rather ponderous telling of the romance between Admiral Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. We do not know what the standard was used at the time for voting, but it must have been a curious one. I have always had the feeling for the first ten (10) years of the Award that deals were cut in smoke filled back-rooms. Academy Awards were given less on merit, but that each studio got a share of the prizes deserving or not.
THE DIVINE LADY (1929) features a strong supporting cast though its two (2) leads are rather lack luster. CORRINNE GRIFFITH had a rather limited appeal and VICTOR VARCONI was being groomed for a leading man a role which he was unsuited for. Later he would find success as a character actor. MS. GRIFFITHs' career would not outlast the silent era, but she did have her million$ as consolation. The film does feature THE BATTLE OF THE NILE and TRAFALGAR. Though short they were fairly well done. Using a combination of full scale mock-ups and large miniatures.
The film was remade as THAT HAMILTON WOMEN (1941) aka LADY HAMILTON. A Alexander Korda production it featured real life lovers VIVIAN LEIGH and LAURENCE OLIVIER. It is a handsomely mounted film with the actors giving a skilled performance and we rate it IMDb Eight********Stars.
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