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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Walter Reisch (original screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Leigh ... Emma Lady Hamilton
Laurence Olivier ... Lord Horatio Nelson
Alan Mowbray ... Sir William Hamilton
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon
Gladys Cooper ... Lady Frances Nelson
Henry Wilcoxon ... Captain Hardy
Heather Angel ... A Streetgirl
Halliwell Hobbes ... Rev. Nelson
Gilbert Emery ... Lord Spencer
Miles Mander ... Lord Keith
Ronald Sinclair ... Josiah
Luis Alberni ... King of Naples
Norma Drury ... Queen of Naples
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Gavin
Juliette Compton ... Lady Spencer
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Storyline

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 movie. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Language:

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Release Date:

30 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Hamilton See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his biography of Leigh, Alexander Walker reports that Alexander Korda complained that the actress was not conveying the vulgarity of the character. "My dear Alex," she retorted "you wouldn't have been given me a contract if I had been vulgar". See more »

Goofs

At a victory party for Nelson in 1798, a band plays "A Life on the Ocean Wave," the Royal Marines March written by Henry Russell in the 1830's. 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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Rule Britannia.
20 April 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In 1941,only England was still resisting Hitler.So the parallel was obvious and "that Lady Hamilton" is a propaganda work,which does not prevent if from being highly commendable,thanks to the two leads,mainly Leigh-this must have been her third best performance,in the movies,far behind "gone with the wind" and "a streetcar named desire",but her beauty shines in every scene.

The movie is a long flashback,sandwiched between two "present scenes " in a jail in France.Hamilton tells her story to her prison mate,an English good-time gal:the rise,decline and fall of a courtesan.There are some brilliant lines in the dialogue:Hamilton to her old soon-to-be hubby:"so your nephew sent me to you with his paintings and the bric-à-brac because he's broke!".Her last lines are touching .My mother saw the movie when it was released and how did she love them:"And then?" ,the hooker says " "there's no then" Hamilton replies"there's no after".When Hamilton understands she's lost everything,she draws the curtains and collapses,she seems to be on a stage and the play is over.

Vivien leigh did not make many movies.So it would be a pity to miss this one.

French remake by Christian-Jaque in 1968,with Michèle Mercier,John Mils and Richard Johnson as the leads ,known as "les amours de lady Hamilton."Despite a huge budget,much inferior to Korda's version" Jean Tulard.


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