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The Divine Lady(1929)

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Onscreen credits misspell special photographer John F. Seitz's name as "John B. Sietz" and associate photographer Alvin Knechtel's surname is misspelled "Knechel." Sources offer conflicting footage lengths for the film. According to contemporary sources, some theaters exhibited the film without sound. The song "Lady Divine" was sung over the opening credits. Within the otherwise silent film, several musical backgrounds are heard, as well as portions of other songs. The singing voice was advertised as being that of the film's star, Corinne Griffith, although some reviewers doubted that the voice actually was hers. At one point, a voice is heard singing one song while Griffith visibly mouths the words to another, the Scottish traditional ballad "Loch Lomond."
       As in the film, Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) and Lady Emma Hamilton (1765-1815), both of whom were married to other people, became lovers and shocked late 18th-century and early 19th-century English society. Following Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar, Lady Hamilton faded into obscurity and died in poverty. Although not mentioned in the film, the couple had a daughter, Horatia, and remained on good terms with Lord Hamilton.
       Modern sources add Julia Swayne Gordon to the cast and include Harold Goodwin, Joan Bennett, Bob Kortman, Louis Mercier, Grant Withers and Gil Perkins as extras. Another film inspired by Nelson's and Hamilton's love story is the 1941 Alexander Korda production That Hamilton Woman, starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Director Frank Lloyd won an Academy Award for his work on this film.