The Beautiful Mrs. Reynolds
Cast & Crew
In 1777, young statesmen Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are rivals for the affections of Margaret Moncrieffe. Many years later, they take opposite sides on the issue of compensation for Tory properties confiscated during the American Revolution. In a later period, Hamilton falls in love with Mrs. Maria Reynolds, who is secretly married to Philadelphia pawnbroker Jacob Clingman. Burr and Clingman plan to ruin Hamilton, now Secretary of the Treasury and married to the daughter of General Philip Schuyler, by turning Hamilton's letters to Mrs. Reynolds over to his political enemies. Hamilton openly confesses his guilt and regains the admiration of the public, which enables him to prevent Burr's election to the governorship of New York. After a duel between Hamilton and Burr, Hamilton is killed, Burr's career is ruined, and Mrs. Reynolds commits suicide.
Alec B. Francis
The working title of the film was The Adventurer. According to publicity, the pistols used by Carlyle Blackwell and Arthur Ashley in the duel scene were claimed by their owner to be the actual ones used by Hamilton and Burr.