Alexander Hamilton (1931)

70-71 or 73 mins | Drama | 12 September 1931

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to MPH , the fictional character of "Senator Roberts" was added to the screenplay in order to placate both Democratic and Republican party leaders, who expressed concern over the way their parties were to be depicted. George Arliss played Hamilton in his Broadway production for two seasons. According to contemporary sources, Arliss requested actress June Collyer for the role of "Mrs. Reynolds," feeling that her association with more innocent roles would help her to seem like the kind of woman who might attract a man like ... More Less

According to MPH , the fictional character of "Senator Roberts" was added to the screenplay in order to placate both Democratic and Republican party leaders, who expressed concern over the way their parties were to be depicted. George Arliss played Hamilton in his Broadway production for two seasons. According to contemporary sources, Arliss requested actress June Collyer for the role of "Mrs. Reynolds," feeling that her association with more innocent roles would help her to seem like the kind of woman who might attract a man like Hamilton. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Sep 31
p. 4.
Film Daily
20 Sep 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
Nov 31
p. 28.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jun 31
p. 31.
New York Times
17 Sep 31
p. 21.
New York Times
27 Sep 31
p. 5.
Variety
22 Sep 31
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Settings supv
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Hamilton by George Arliss and Mary Hamlin (New York, 17 Sep 1917).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 September 1931
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 16 September 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2459
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alexander Hamilton, the United States' first Secretary of the Treasury, is not popular with many of the senators or with the former Revolutionary War soldiers. He lobbies for a centralized government, which will assume and pay the war debt of the various states, but Senators Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe oppose him, believing that a centralized government will lead to monarchy. Hamilton makes a deal with his opposition by agreeing to support their plan to build a capitol on the Potomac River, halfway between the North and the South, in return for support for his Assumption Bill. Not everyone is happy with this plan, however. Senator Timothy Roberts arranges for Hamilton, whose beloved wife Betsy is in London caring for her seriously ill sister, to be seduced by Maria Reynolds, the wife of James Reynolds, a former Treasury employee who was dismissed for dishonesty. Hamilton's opponents use this affair in an attempt to blackmail him directly, but when that fails, Roberts gives the story to the newspapers, threatening to run it unless Hamilton withdraws his bill. Rather than compromise his beliefs, Hamilton confesses to the affair. Betsy, hurt by the revelations, decides to leave him, but changes her mind when Hamilton makes a sentimental gesture. In spite of the scandal, the Senate, Cabinet and President George Washington visit Hamilton to reaffirm their faith in him and to tell him that his bill has passed and will become ... +


Alexander Hamilton, the United States' first Secretary of the Treasury, is not popular with many of the senators or with the former Revolutionary War soldiers. He lobbies for a centralized government, which will assume and pay the war debt of the various states, but Senators Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe oppose him, believing that a centralized government will lead to monarchy. Hamilton makes a deal with his opposition by agreeing to support their plan to build a capitol on the Potomac River, halfway between the North and the South, in return for support for his Assumption Bill. Not everyone is happy with this plan, however. Senator Timothy Roberts arranges for Hamilton, whose beloved wife Betsy is in London caring for her seriously ill sister, to be seduced by Maria Reynolds, the wife of James Reynolds, a former Treasury employee who was dismissed for dishonesty. Hamilton's opponents use this affair in an attempt to blackmail him directly, but when that fails, Roberts gives the story to the newspapers, threatening to run it unless Hamilton withdraws his bill. Rather than compromise his beliefs, Hamilton confesses to the affair. Betsy, hurt by the revelations, decides to leave him, but changes her mind when Hamilton makes a sentimental gesture. In spite of the scandal, the Senate, Cabinet and President George Washington visit Hamilton to reaffirm their faith in him and to tell him that his bill has passed and will become law. +

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