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That Hamilton woman : screenplay

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0940

Scope and Content Note

This mimeographed typescript of the screenplay That Hamilton Woman was written by British playwright R. C. Sherriff and screenwriter and director Walter Reisch.

This unspecified draft for the original screenplay for That Hamilton Woman includes numerous revisions identified by the dated blue and yellow stock pages inserted through out the text. The title page bears a handwritten title, "That Hamilton Woman," and two small drawings.

That Hamilton Woman is an epic drama set during the Napoleonic Wars, starring Laurence Olivier and Viven Leigh, in the lead roles as Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, and was directed by Alexander Korda. The film opened on April 3, 1941, in New York City.


  • Creation: 1940


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

R. C. Sherriff (1896-1975)

British playwright R. C. Sherriff (1896-1975) was also a novelist and scriptwriter for films, television, and radio.

Written in 1928, R.C. Sherriff's best known play, The Journey's End, chronicled the fighting of English troops on the Western Front prior to a major German offensive in 1918, and was considered one of the most influential war dramas of its time.

In 1933, Sherriff co-wrote, a screenplay with Philip Wylie, for H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man. In the following years, Sherriff worked on such screenplays as Goodbye, Mr. Chips, That Hamilton Woman, and The Night My Number Came Up.

"R. C. Sherriff." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography In Context). (accessed May 13, 2013).

Walter Reisch (1903-1983)

Motion picture screenwriter and director Walter Reisch, who co-wrote That Hamilton Woman, was born May 23, 1903, in Vienna, Austria.

In 1953, Reisch worked on Titanic, developing many of the characters by researching contemporary newspaper articles. For this work, Reisch was a co-recipient of the Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay in 1954.

Walter Reisch died on March 28, 1983, in Los Angeles, California.

"Walter Reisch." Internet Movie Database (IMDb). (accessed May 16, 2013)


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This mimeographed typescript of the screenplay That Hamilton Woman was written by British playwright R. C. Sherriff and screenwriter and director Walter Reisch.


Purchase, October 2012.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 65, F0940: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, May 2013. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for That Hamilton woman : screenplay
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2013 May 16
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