That Hamilton Woman (1941)

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Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn't cut the grade with London society but she ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Hardy
A Streetgirl
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Rev. Nelson
Gilbert Emery ...
Lord Spencer
Luis Alberni ...
King of Naples
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ...
Queen of Naples (as Norma Drury)
Olaf Hytten ...
Juliette Compton ...
Lady Spencer


Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn't cut the grade with London society but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real life lovers, whose first screen romance was in "Fire Over England" (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this film. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

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30 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lady Hamilton  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nerot's Hotel (or Hotel Nerot, London) opened in 1776 in King Street on the site of the former townhouse of the Earl of Ranelagh. It was a very fashionable hotel and Nelson met his wife and his father there after his return in 1800 from the Battle of the Nile. It relocated to Clifford Street in 1811, with the original building being demolished in 1835 and the St James Theatre being built on the site. See more »


When Captain Hardy tells Lady Hamilton about Nelson's death, nearly all details of the combat are wrong. Hardy says they were fighting the French flagship Redoutable, after approaching under heavy fog. He also says Nelson died at sunset. Actually, the French flagship was the Bucentaure, not the Redoutable, and the heavy fog had clearly since the morning. Also, Nelson was pronounced death by 16:30, not sunset. Moreover, during the battle scenes several ships can be seen exploding. In reality, only one ship, the French 74 gunner Achilles, blew up. See more »


Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon: [Greeting a lady in waiting for the Queen of Naples] Good morning, your ladyship. My daughter, her ladyship, is still resting. And how is Her Majesty's sore throat? You know the best thing for a sore throat is to wrap a woolen sock around your neck before bed.
Sir William Hamilton: Good morning, your ladyship.
[to Emma's mother]
Sir William Hamilton: Is Emma still asleep?
Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon: She is asleep. In my village, a husband just turns round in bed to look for himself.
Sir William Hamilton: Yes, and the Queen of Naples does not wear woolen socks!
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Edited into Master of the World (1961) See more »

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A haunting beauty whose fate is entwined with a craggy sea warrior
9 September 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I recall seeing this film when I was very young and felt sad about it. Now that I'm almost very old I still find it fascinating to watch. It seemed strange how Emma (Vivien Leigh) could rise to such prominence in life to become a Lady Hamilton and eventually fall so low, yes and sadly.

The movie begins at the lower rung, in her later life as she's caught stealing and put in prison where she recounts her story to others. We are taken back in time to her youth and arrival in Italy where, after some thoughtful consideration of her situation in life, Emma agrees to marry the elderly Sir Hamilton, and rather enjoys her position as Lady Hamilton, a glittering socialite.

Events of Napoleonic wartime bring Lord Nelson (Laurence Olivier) into their sphere when in need of supplies and he also seeks to warn them. Yet it is Fate that draws these two, Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, together in one of the great love stories of their time. It is touching to note Emma's care and concern for Horatio when his health is needing attention. For years their bittersweet romance must struggle to blossom against the ill-will of public opinion.

Vivien Leigh never looked more beautiful and one can see more of the true person she was after setting aside her role in "Gone With the Wind." Laurence Olivier, an actor of many disguises, is well masked in the injuries that Lord Nelson sustained in battle. One can almost feel he is the victim of circumstances as he moves from battles to home front. I don't know that much about the real history or the current politics involved when the movie was made but I always regarded this film as one of the great love stories of the past.

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