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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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George Arliss (by), Mary Hamlin (by) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... Alexander Hamilton
Doris Kenyon ... Betsy Hamilton
Dudley Digges ... Senator Timothy Roberts
June Collyer ... Mariah Reynolds
Montagu Love ... Thomas Jefferson
Ralf Harolde ... James Reynolds
Lionel Belmore ... General Philip Schuyler
Alan Mowbray ... George Washington
John T. Murray ... Count Talleyrand
Morgan Wallace ... James Monroe
John Larkin ... Zekial


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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English | French

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12 September 1931 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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(TCM print)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


No amount of makeup could disguise the fact that George Arliss (who was over 60 years old at the time this film was made) was far too old to portray the then 30 to 40 year old Alexander Hamilton shown in the time frame of the film. See more »


Senator Timothy Roberts: You ain't fond of Alexander Hamilton, are you?
James Reynolds: No, I ain't.
Senator Timothy Roberts: And you'd do anything for a ten-dollar bill, wouldn't you?
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Featured in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »


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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Another Excellent Historical Portrayal By Mr. George Arliss
4 July 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

ALEXANDER HAMILTON, the first Treasury Secretary of the new American Republic, strives mightily against tremendous odds, political & personal, to achieve his great goal: financial solidity & respect for the emerging nation. Just as his triumph seems assured, he is humiliated by a sex scandal engineered by his most powerful enemy in the Senate...

Let it be stated immediately that George Arliss should have been the worst possible actor to portray the title figure in this film. First, he was much too old (Hamilton was in his 30's at the time of the scandal; Arliss turned 63 in 1931). Also, the handsome Hamilton in no way resembled Arliss, who, quite frankly, looks like a death's-head.

But this is not supposed to be a physical reconstruction of the historical Hamilton, but rather a look into the heart & character of the fellow. In this, Arliss succeeds admirably, using his tremendous acting talents to both inform & entertain us. Truly, he was one of the great cinematic artists of his generation and it is a shame that he is all but forgotten today.

Although all centers around Arliss, the rest of the cast does well: Doris Kenyon & June Collyer as the very different women in Hamilton's life; Dudley Digges & Ralf Harolde as his enemies; Montague Love as Thomas Jefferson; and old Lionel Belmore, stealing a few scenes as Hamilton's corpulent father-in-law. Special mention should be made of Alan Mowbray, very effective as George Washington.

Non-political potential viewers who avoid this film risk missing a superb performance by one of the past masters.

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