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
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In spite of her success as Scarlett O'Hara, Vivien Leigh still owed Alexander Korda one last film from her old contract. See more »
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 »
Lord Horatio Nelson:
My dear wife
[Emma repeats 'my dear wife' and continues to scribe the letter for Lord Nelson]
Lord Horatio Nelson:
My heartiest greetings from Naples to you and father. I'm in the house of the Hamiltons, and it has taken all their care and kindness to pull me through. I hope someday to have the pleasure of introducing you to Lady Hamilton. Lady Hamilton is one of the very best women in the world and an honor to her sex.
[Emma looks subtly surprised]
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This has been one of my very favorite movies for a long time and I recommend it to whomever will listen to me. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier make a terrific pair and of course have great chemistry together, which really complements this true story. The actors give great performances, and I think the film really tries hard not judge the actions of Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson which caused a tremendous scandal in their own time. Anyone who likes historical drama and wants to escape into another world for a few hours is bound to enjoy.
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