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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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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

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

Vincent Korda's scale model of HMS Victory can be seen at the Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent, UK, next to where the original was built. It took three months to build, cost $5600, weighs two tonnes and could fire a full broadside with electronically triggered guns. See more »

Goofs

Nelson is seen wearing an eye patch throughout the movie. Actually, according most biographers, Nelson hardly ever wore one since he wasn't missing the whole left eyeball, but was merely blinded as a result of a cannon shot. He did wear a visor though, since sunlight would be painful. See more »

Quotes

Emma: 'Her Excelency Lady Emma Hamilton, British Embassy, Naples'...
[looks slightly sad]
Emma: 'Charles Grevole, London.'
Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon: Open it child, open it.
Emma: I think not. Send it back, and write on 'unopened, return to sender'. Poor Charles, he's exactly three years too late. As far as I'm concerned, he simply doesn't exist.
Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon: Are you happy my child?
Emma: Happy? Three years ago my only idea of happiness was to be married to Charles Grevole. After that I wanted revenge. Well, I got that in a way too. Then I wanted to be ...
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Why no video for the U.S. market?
8 November 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

I have not seen this amazing film for many years, and then viewed it on a TV broadcast. It was sumptuously produced with first-class talents in front of and behind the (unfortunately not Technicolor) cameras, with production values that were absolutely prodigal in their opulence.

For today's audiences, Vivien Leigh is, of course, this film's main attraction, with her delicate beauty and expressive acting showcased as well as could be imagined. I note that no video version of this is currently offered for the American enthusiast and the Canadian VHS, possibly compatible with U.S. VCRs, is "Out of Stock" at present. (The U.K. VHS tape must be viewed via the PAL format, which most American video equipment cannot accommodate.) With so many films as good as this one in a kind of limbo, lovers of truly "classic" films can only hope that the keepers of this treasure will eventually favor us with the opportunity to enjoy it once again.


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