This 1926 British film was the second full-length biopic of naval hero Horatio Nelson. Cedric Hardwycke is superb in the title role, allowing American viewers to see why George Bernard Shaw listed Hardwycke as his fifth favorite actor (after the Four Marx Brothers!) Plenty of screen space is afforded Nelson's notorious romance with Lady Hamilton, here portrayed by Gertrude McCoy. The Battle of Trafalgar is convincingly if economically staged, while Nelson's death scene is a paticularly effective vignette. Nelson was based on that cornucopia of inside information, Robert Southey's The Life of Nelson.
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