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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 30 April 1941 (USA)
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Captain Hardy
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A Streetgirl
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Rev. Nelson
Gilbert Emery ...
Lord Spencer
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Josiah
Luis Alberni ...
King of Naples
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ...
Queen of Naples (as Norma Drury)
Olaf Hytten ...
Gavin
Juliette Compton ...
Lady Spencer
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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 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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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1.37 : 1
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The favorite film of both Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. See more »

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When the calendar changes to 1 January 1800, Nelson says it's a new century, making a mistake people frequently make. Mathematical logic dictates that centuries begin in years ending with 01, not 00. See more »

Quotes

Emma: What are those bells?
Lord Horatio Nelson: Have you forgotten what night this is? Last of 1799; eight bells for the old year, and eight for the new. Happy New Year, darling.
Emma: Happy New Year.
Lord Horatio Nelson: The dawn of a new century.
Emma: 1800. How strange it sounds.
Lord Horatio Nelson: What a century it's been: Marlborough rode to war, and Washington crossed the Delaware. Louis XVI, and Marie Antoinette. The last of the Stuarts. Peter the Great. Voltaire. Clive of India. Bonaparte...
Emma: ...Nelson.
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Korda's take on Lord Nelson and Lady Emma
30 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the best known stories of adultery in British history is the one between Lord Horatio Nelson and the enchanting Emma Hamilton. This film by Alexander Korda takes that story and does not disappoint.

In the pivotal role of Emma, Vivien Leigh shines in a role that came not long after her international triumph in 'Gone With The Wind'. Her Emma is flirty, scheming, and delightful, and you can see why she captured the heart of Nelson. The part of Nelson is taken by Vivien Leigh's real-life husband, Laurence Olivier, and his stuffed-shirt persona suits the role perfectly.

In support, Alan Mowbray (as the cuckolded Lord Hamilton), and Gladys Cooper (as the snide Lady Nelson), are excellent, and the standard of script, photography, and direction is high throughout.

This was said to be Winston Churchill's favourite wartime film, and you can see the attraction. It was given a coda which showed that Emma didn't profit from her liaison but this is a small price to pay for such a sumptuous and engaging film.


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