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The Divine Lady (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 26 December 1928 (Denmark)
The story of the romance between Emma, Lady Hamilton, and British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

E. Barrington (story), Forrest Halsey (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Corinne Griffith ... Emma Hart
Victor Varconi ... Horatio Nelson
H.B. Warner ... Sir William Hamilton
Ian Keith ... Honorable Charles Greville
Marie Dressler ... Mrs. Hart
Montagu Love ... Capt. Hardy
William Conklin William Conklin ... Romney
Dorothy Cumming ... Queen Maria Carolina
Michael Vavitch Michael Vavitch ... King Ferdinand
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Duchess of Devonshire
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Lady Nelson
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Storyline

A partly fictionalized account of history begins with the arrival of slatternly Emma Hart, a cook's daughter, at the home of Charles Greville. Greville takes her as his lover and grooms her until their relationship becomes an inconvenience. Greville then dupes Emma into traveling to Naples to live with his uncle, Lord Hamilton, ambassador to the court at Naples. Realizing that Greville has abandoned her, Emma agrees to marry Lord Hamilton. Soon, however, she meets Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy. Emma plays a crucial role in convincing Naples to open its ports to Nelson during his campaign against Napoleon's French fleet. Soon, Emma and the married Nelson become romantically involved -- a relationship which will have consequences for them both. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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So mighty a love story it swayed the fate of nations. (Print Ad- Union-Democrat, ((Sonora, Calif.)) 28 September 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1928 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Trafalgar See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1994 UCLA/MOMA restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score and sound effects) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

With this film, Frank Lloyd became one of only two directors to win the best director Oscar without their movie also being nominated for best picture. The only other film to win a directing Oscar without a best picture nomination was Two Arabian Knights (1927), which won the only Oscar ever given for Comedy Direction to Lewis Milestone. Both Lloyd and Milestone won additional best director Oscars for directing best picture winners, Lloyd for Cavalcade (1933) and Milestone for All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). See more »

Goofs

During the naval battle sequence a modern bridge can be seen in the far distance. See more »

Quotes

Honorable Charles Greville: [to Emma] When in my service, walk - never run - it anoys me.
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Version of Nelson (1926) See more »

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God Save the King!
(1744)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played in the score when the royals enter the reception for Nelson
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The story of some tart and Lord Nelson...
18 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I know my summary sounds a bit flippant, but Emma Hamilton was, in every sense of the word, a tart. Although details of her early life are today a bit sketchy, she was apparently the Courtney Love of her time--living a very wild life. When this film begins, all the wildness and affairs of her early years has been erased--making her seem like a pretty nice lady--and rather innocent. 'Innocent' is certainly not a word to describe Lady Hamilton and her later affair with Lord Nelson became legendary. So, if you are looking to have a history lesson, I suggest you try another film.

So, if you ignore the fact that the film is only GENERALLY true and it takes great liberties with the truth, is the film otherwise worth seeing? Well, if you are a film historian, perhaps. The film is a transitional film and is a curiosity because of this. By 'transition', I mean that they call it a talking picture but it really is a silent with a few songs included--much like the first such film, "The Jazz Singer"--not a true all-talking film. But apart from that, the film is only okay. The costumes and sets are lovely but the story itself seems very episodic and, at times, dull. Also, the songs they included are, by today's standards, pretty dreadful. If you are NOT a cinemaniac or historian, then this film will be very tough going.

If you MUST see an inaccurate film about Lady Hamilton, try watching Vivian Leigh and Laurence Olivier in "That Hamilton Woman". It's better looking and lacks the bad musical interludes.


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