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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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Charles Middleton is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Chief Justice John Jay," but he did not appear or was not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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General Philip Schuyler: [after watching him persuade two rivals to vote for his bill] Alexander, you're a wizard.
Alexander Hamilton: No, General. But I'm learning to be a politician.
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Featured in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »

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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1780?) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Performed by Doris Kenyon (piano and vocal)
In the score often as a love theme
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weird and wonderful--a must for history buffs
3 November 2004 | by (Greenwich Village, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

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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