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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
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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 »
(ca. 1755) (uncredited)
Traditional music of English origin
Played by marching soldiers during the opening credits and at the end See more »
This movie features an Alexander Hamilton who looks like (and is as lovable as) game show host Gene Rayburn, of the Match Game. Even though we now know that Hamilton was a knowing and frequent philanderer, this movie sets him up as a victim, who would never have strayed had he not been the victim of a plot by his enemies. The conceit of making up a "Senator Roberts" who sets up the plot to bring Hamilton and the Assumption Bill down, is such an outlandish whitewash.
But there is a good bit of real history in the movie that you simply don't expect. Making the Assumption Bill into something dramatic (this bill would have the federal government assume the debts of the states, especially those owed to vets of the Revolution) is a masterstroke. Who would believe that you could make drama out of the deal to trade Hamilton's desire to create a national bank, with southerners' desire to have a capital on the Potomac.
It's an intellectual drama, with a focus on Hamilton as an honorable man, and a great treasury secretary. Probably the only treasury secretary to have a movie made about him. It's so stilted, but very dramatic, and somewhat true. For comic relief, they threw in a shufflin' and jivin' black servant, so it's also funny and somewhat offensive. But it moves along, and you won't get bored. A must for history buffs.
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