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The Divine Lady (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 26 December 1928 (Denmark)
The story of the romance between Emma, Lady Hamilton, and British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

E. Barrington (story), Forrest Halsey (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Corinne Griffith ... Emma Hart
Victor Varconi ... Horatio Nelson
H.B. Warner ... Sir William Hamilton
Ian Keith ... Honorable Charles Greville
Marie Dressler ... Mrs. Hart
Montagu Love ... Capt. Hardy
William Conklin William Conklin ... Romney
Dorothy Cumming ... Queen Maria Carolina
Michael Vavitch Michael Vavitch ... King Ferdinand
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Duchess of Devonshire
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Lady Nelson
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Storyline

A partly fictionalized account of history begins with the arrival of slatternly Emma Hart, a cook's daughter, at the home of Charles Greville. Greville takes her as his lover and grooms her until their relationship becomes an inconvenience. Greville then dupes Emma into traveling to Naples to live with his uncle, Lord Hamilton, ambassador to the court at Naples. Realizing that Greville has abandoned her, Emma agrees to marry Lord Hamilton. Soon, however, she meets Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy. Emma plays a crucial role in convincing Naples to open its ports to Nelson during his campaign against Napoleon's French fleet. Soon, Emma and the married Nelson become romantically involved -- a relationship which will have consequences for them both. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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So mighty a love story it swayed the fate of nations. (Print Ad- Union-Democrat, ((Sonora, Calif.)) 28 September 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1928 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Trafalgar See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1994 UCLA/MOMA restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (musical score and sound effects) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites H.B. Warner and Victor Varconi from the cast of Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). See more »

Goofs

The October 1786 calendar shows the month beginning on a Tuesday. October 1, 1786, was a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Honorable Charles Greville: Don't you realize what this means? Her Majesty refused to acknowledge your wife!
Sir William Hamilton: Her Majesty shows admirable discretion, I think.
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Connections

Version of The Nelson Affair (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics (poem To Celia) by Ben Jonson (1616)
Played on a harpsichord by an unidentified musician and sung by Corinne Griffith (but probably dubbed)
Used also in the score
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Frank Lloyd was the 1928-29 Best Director Oscar winner
5 November 2016 | by kijiiSee all my reviews

I finally was able to see this early Oscar silent winner: Frank Lloyd was the 1928-29 Best Director Oscar winner. The occasion for showing film was that TCM is honoring Marie Dressler in a series of her movies, and she had a small humorous role in this film.

This movie is based on the semi-true story by E. Barrington. It centers on the affair between Emma, Lady Hamilton and the British naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, during the Napoleonic Wars. Both were married to other spouses at the time of their affair.

The same general story was later made into the 1941 Kora-directed movie, That Hamilton Woman (1941) with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier as the two main characters.


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