Turner Classics Plans to Screen Hamilton—the 1931 Movie Version

News   Turner Classics Plans to Screen Hamilton—the 1931 Movie Version
The current musical isn't the first time Hamilton’s story has been told.
George Arliss as Alexander Hamilton
George Arliss as Alexander Hamilton

Do you ever wish you could enjoy Alexander Hamilton's story without all that singing and dancing?

You'll have a rare chance to do exactly that 8:30 AM June 12, the morning of the Tony Awards broadcast, when the Turner Classic Movies network broadcasts a real counter-programming coup—Alexander Hamilton, the 1931 movie version of the Founding Father's life, starring George Arliss.

The movie focuses on the Reynolds Affair and the debate over whether the federal government should assume states’ debts, approximately equal to the middle of Act II in the musical. The movie is based on the 1917 play Hamilton, written by Mary P. Hamlin and Arliss, which ran two months on Broadway and toured successfully.

The 1931 film, retitled Alexander Hamilton, also stars June Collyer as Maria Reynolds, Doris Kenyon as Eliza (here called Betsy) Hamilton, Montagu Love as Thomas Jefferson and Morgan Wallace as James Munroe.

For more information, visit the TCM website.

Watch a clip from the black and white talkie here:

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