Alexander Hamilton (1931)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Political Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 12, 1931 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Alexander Hamilton was not precisely the life story of America's first secretary of the treasury--in fact, it doesn't even depict the most portentous moment of Hamilton's life, his fatal duel with Aaron Burr. Instead, Alexander Hamilton concentrates on Hamilton's efforts to pass the "Assumption Bill," which required the federal government to assume the debts incurred by the 13 states during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton's enemies attempt to blackmail him into silence by calling forth a Mrs. Reynolds, with whom the married Hamilton had had a brief affair while in London. Hamilton confounds his enemies by admitting publicly to the affair and condemning his opponents for compromising the goodwill of the country with such sordid tactics. George Arliss, who'd played Alexander Hamilton on stage, here revives the role, in the company of Alan Mowbray as George Washington (delivering a memorable "farewell to the troops") scene, Montagu Love as Thomas Jefferson, Morgan Wallace as James Monroe, and June Collyer as the hapless Mrs. Reynolds.

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politician, Americanization, blackmail, debt, extramarital-affair, faith, financier, government, ideals, Judaism, opponent, relationship, religion, stickball, strict, teenagers, treasury, upbringing