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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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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

Nerot's Hotel (or Hotel Nerot, London) opened in 1776 on King Street on the site of the former townhouse of the Earl of Ranelagh. It was a very fashionable hotel, and Nelson met his wife and his father there after his return in 1800 from the Battle of the Nile. It relocated to Clifford Street in 1811, with the original building being demolished in 1835, and the St. James Theatre being built on the site. 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: I don't care how dull it is. I want to know.
Sir William Hamilton: Well, here's England.
Emma: Such a tiny little bit. Where are we?
Sir William Hamilton: Here at Naples.
Emma: But why should England fight?
Sir William Hamilton: Well because, all through these centuries, she has built up a commonwealth in which every little spot has its purpose and value to the balance line of life. And there are always men, who for the sake of their insane ambition, want to destroy what other people build. And therefore this 'tiny little bit', as you call it Emma, has to send out its ...
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Vivien Leigh does it again
20 October 2005 | by wright7700See all my reviews

This is a beautiful period piece with the incomparable Vivien Leigh at her peak, just after GWTW and Waterloo Bridge. For a 1940's era production, the sets and lighting are outstanding, and the remaining cast is credible. Laurence Olivier may have been the best actor in history, but I do not appreciate it here. Perhaps this was not his best role. Leigh runs circles around him.

This film is worth a look for Leigh fans and those liking British period work, along with war propaganda. Here the noble civilized Brits are threatened by Napoleon (which is easily drawn to comparison with Hitler, being 1941).

Certainly, this is worth a look. Jolly Good Show.


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