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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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Airs Wed. May. 22, 9:45 AM on TCM

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Drama | History | Romance | War

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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

Gladys Cooper played a millionaire widow named Mrs. Hamilton in The Bishop's Wife (1947). See more »

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During the battle of Trafalgar, a ship with four gun decks is shown burning and sinking. This can only be the Spanish ship Santísima Trinidad, the only ship in the battle with four gun decks, and the largest and most powerful 'battleship' in the world at the time. The real Santísima Trinidad was captured by the British and taken in tow as a war prize, but was lost in a storm at sea on its way to England. See more »

Quotes

Sir William Hamilton: [places left hand on statue] Look at this statue. Two hundred years in a Greek temple, then thrown in the the mud by some barbarian soldier. Two thousand years sinking lower and lower into the mud, then dug up by the power of a peasant - changing hands every year until, at last, it comes to its rightful place: into the hands of someone who understands the glory of its beauty. Because my friend, it is still beautiful isn't it? Despite its past.
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Remake of Nelson (1918) See more »

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Vivien upstages her husband on film!
5 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If nothing else, 'That Hamilton Woman' proved two things: Vivien Leigh is just as beautiful in black and white as she is in the glorious technicolor of 'GWTW'; and when it comes to the cinema, her acting technique on screen is every bit as expert as Laurence Olivier's. (In fact, Olivier himself admitted this when he saw a screening of her Scarlett O'Hara performance.)

At any rate, my main interest in seeing this film was that I learned it was Winston Churchill's favorite movie during World War II, dealing as it does with the British admiralty and the threat of war and domination. As Lady Hamilton, Vivien Leigh narrates the story and since it is told from her viewpoint, she manages to dominate with her beauty and acting prowess. How she rises from abject poverty to become Lord Nelson's mistress makes up the bulk of the story--which sometimes seems a bit unbelievable. However, since both stars were at the time married to others, one can easily see that these roles suited both of them to perfection. Surely, if anyone could identify with these characters, they could!

Slow moving in spots, handsomely photographed in black and white, it is interesting to note how very British Leigh actually was when not assuming a more American way of talking (as in 'GWTW') -- proof indeed that she was a good actress. Of all of her films after "Gone with the Wind", I prefer her in 'Waterloo Bridge' (with Robert Taylor). Following that, I would choose this one.

Some of the ships are obvious models--but other than that, the production is a handsome one. Worth seeing for the two stars alone.


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