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Alexander Hamilton (1931)

With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, General George Washington took Colonel Hamilton with him into the newly formed government. While the main disagreements in the early days was ... See full summary »

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With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, General George Washington took Colonel Hamilton with him into the newly formed government. While the main disagreements in the early days was over paying the soldiers who had fought in the War, Hamilton also dedicated his energies towards a national bank so that the United States would be able to trade with other countries. He fought eight long years for his Assumption Bill while considering the new Residence Bill. While he is engaged in running a clean treasury, his arch rival, Senator Roberts, takes every opportunity to slander and cast Alexander as a dishonorable man. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The play, "Hamilton," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 17 September 1917, closing in November 1917 after 80 performances. The opening night cast included George Arliss, who originated his movie role as Alexander Hamilton, Florence Arliss (Arliss' real life wife) as Betsy Hamilton, and Jeanne Eagels as Mrs. Reynolds. See more »

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Featured in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »

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Another vehicle for Arliss
12 June 2016 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Alexander Hamilton is a 1931 film written by and starring George Arliss and produced by Warner Bros in an attempt to match MGM's prestige films.

George Arliss (1868-1946) plays Hamilton. Arliss was a major star on the stage and in the silent and the early talkie period, with films like "Disraeli" (1921 and 1929) and "Voltaire" (1933). He won the Academy Award for "Disraeli" (1929) and was nominated again for "The Green Goddess" (1930). He seems strangely cast as young Hamilton given that Arliss was in his 60s playing a man in his 30s.

Note that Arliss was so well regarded by Warner Bros. his name is even larger than the title of the film.

Alan Mowbray (1896-1969) plays George Washington. He appeared in more than 140 films from 1931 to 1962. He had a recurring role in the "Topper" series and made memorable contributions to films such as "The King and I" (1956), "The Man who Knew Too Much" (1956), "My Darling Clementine" (1946) and "Wagon Master" (1950).

Montagu Love (1877-1943) plays Thomas Jefferson. Love was a major star in the silent and early talkie period, playing in more than 100 films. He's best known for supporting roles as the Bishop in "Robin Hood" (1938), Henry VIII in "Prince and the Pauper": (1937), and Zorro in "The Mask of Zorro" (1940).

The film is directed by John Adolfi (1888-1933) a silent film director who made several films with Arliss. The film shows its stage origins.

The film centers on where to locate the capital and how to finance the new government, as well as Hamilton's indiscretion. But much of the dynamism of Hamilton's life (his active libido, his relationship with Washington, his feud with Aaron Burr) are missing.

1931 was a great year for film. The top grossing films were "Frankenstein", "Cimarron", "Mata Hari", "City Lights", and "Dracula". The Oscars went to "Cimarron" (Picture), "The Champ" (Actor), and "Min and Bill" (Actress). Other notable films released that year include "M", "Public Enemy", "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde", and "Monkey Business". Any of these films hold up much better than this one.


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