Cinema: The New Pictures: Sep. 28, 1931

Alexander Hamilton (Warner) is an historical play in the grand manner. Its dramatis personae includes George & Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Senator Roberts, Count Talleyrand, Philip Schuyler, John Jay and Betsy Hamilton, in addition to the first Secretary of the Treasury who is impersonated by no less a personage than George Arliss. Distending his nostrils and speaking in the scrupulous accents which last year got him a gold medal for "diction." Cinemactor Arliss, who was also co-author of the play on which the cinema was based, revels in the...

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