Lady Hamilton

Lady Hamilton

Alexander Korda (1941)

119min
PG Certificate
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"You cannot make peace with dictators," says Laurence Olivier as Horatio Nelson in his maiden speech to the House of Lords. "You have to destroy them, wipe them out!". Audiences being bombed in London in 1941 caught the drift immediately and it was rumoured that Winston Churchill not only urged Alexander Korda to make the film, but also composed Nelson's flag-waving oration. As propaganda, the picture is as single-minded as Olivier's later Henry V, but this is mainly a turgid love story, with Vivien Leigh as Lady Hamilton, whose adulterous affair with the naval hero was just as newsworthy as Napoleon's campaigns. With Leigh fresh from the success of Gone with the Wind and newly married to Olivier, the picture, which was made in Hollywood, reaped a mint of money. The title was toned down for British audiences as Lady Hamilton.

Summary

Lord Horatio Nelson's has a scandalous romance with Lady Emma Hamilton, an affair which took place against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Historical drama, starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

Cast & Crew

Actor Vivien Leigh
Actor Laurence Olivier
Actor Gladys Cooper
Actor Alan Mowbray
Director Alexander Korda

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video
Drama