That Hamilton Woman (1941)

  • Samantha A. CavellEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Cavell presents a comparative analysis of the characterizations and events depicted in Alexander Korda’s That Hamilton Woman (1941) and the true story of the adulterous love affair between Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. The purpose of the film as propaganda, designed to encourage American intervention in Britain’s war against Nazi Germany, used the heroic efforts of Nelson’s fight against Napoleonic France to present a political argument against isolationism. Korda’s links to the British government and Churchill’s influence on the film suggest a deliberate effort to disguise propaganda with Hollywood glamour and a love story to avoid the wrath of isolationist factions in the US Senate and the American First Committee.


Nelson Emma Propaganda Korda Churchill Isolationism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southeastern Louisiana UniversityHammondUSA

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