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The Divine Lady (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 1929 (Turkey)
The story of the romance between Emma, Lady Hamilton, and British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Honorable Charles Greville
Mrs. Hart
Captain Hardy
William Conklin ...
Dorothy Cumming ...
Queen Maria Carolina
Michael Vavitch ...
King Ferdinand
Evelyn Hall ...
Lady Nelson


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 Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Release Date:

1929 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Trafalgar  »

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Technical Specs


| (1994 UCLA/MOMA restoration)

Sound Mix:

| (musical score and sound effects) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


During the naval battle sequence a modern bridge can be seen in the far distance. See more »


Sir William Hamilton: You see, my dear, the gods sell everything at a fair price.
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Version of Emma Hamilton (1968) See more »


Loch Lomand
Traditional Scottish folk song
Lyrics by Andrew Lang
Played on a harp and sung by Corinne Griffith (but probably dubbed)
Reprised by her before Nelson leaves Naples
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restored early Oscar winner has some moments..not a great film
20 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Divine Lady,the Oscar winner for Best Director,Frank Lloyd, has recently been restored and has shown up on TCM. I saw it on the big screen at a Vitaphone film festival. Since it was a very late silent,it had a vitaphone soundtrack and even a theme song.The film tells the story of the romance of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton The movie has some lovely visual moments. The most memorable being,the two lovers on a swing and a battle at sea. But the film is a little slow going and the male lead is stiff and lacks charisma. Frank Lloyd is best remembered for the 1935 version of Mutiny on the Bounty, which shares with this film,historical characters and sea experiences.However, Mutiny on the Bounty is a much better film. For the best version of the story of Hamilton and Nelson, see the wonderful,Vivian Leigh- Laurence Olivier-movie-That Hamilton Woman.

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