real Lady Emma Hamilton was probably a bit more of a full figured lady
than Vivien Leigh was and seemingly more forward. The scene where Nelson
and the Hamilton’s finally meet up is one of the key ones. Emma's
mother is delightfully played by Sara Allgood and at dinner you appreciate
where Emma had come from and where she had ended up.
back to the history…The censor had his way with some of the scenes
(just too raunchy!), and some of the morality raised concerns on both
sides of the Atlantic. Remember that Nelson and Hamilton were both married
(albeit loveless) and apparently some of the dialogue and scenes were
re-shot in order to reflect a more penitent state in the mid term of
their relationship. Meanwhile at a political level the anti-interventionist
forces in the U.S. Congress had scheduled Alexander Korda, Charlie Chaplin
and Alfred Hitchcock to appear before them as suspected British Agents
(what!). Pearl Harbour was attacked before that happened and Korda was
turned from a propagandist into a prophet by the Americans.
the scandals of his private life as a seaman and a naval officer, Horatio
Nelson was the real thing. He was the son of an obscure country vicar
who had way too many mouths to feed. Nelson's mom died while he was
still a child and he made the decision to go off to sea as a cabin boy.
He rose in the ranks strictly on merit and talent and turned out to
be the right man to save our country from certain invasion.