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    Biographical feature film about the life and times of Horatio Nelson. Stars Cedric Hardwicke.

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    Feature film released in 1926 - a biography of Horatio Nelson. For full details see reel 1.

    Tinted print. No negs exist. Some elements held by National Film and Television Archive.

    Biographical drama featuring scenes from Horatio Nelson's life and career.

    This reel includes material covering preparations for the Battle of Trafalgar. Admiral Nelson talks to his sailors. The sailors talk about the forthcoming naval battle. Nelson writes writes of his hopes for victory. A Cabin Boy paints Victory or Death on a cannon. More scenes of preparation on HMS Victory. Signal flags are hoisted "England expects that every man will do his duty".

    The Temeraire attempts to lead the line. Nelson refuses and moves the Victory into the head of the fleet. The battle begins, cannon are fired and damage is done. The battle on board ship. (Note: Several Black African actors appear as members of the crew).

    Nelson is wounded, "They have done for me at last, Hardy", Nelson on deathbed, cannons are fired, ships catch fire. Nelson is told of his victory, he is near death "Kiss me Hardy" reads intertitle, battle continues, Nelson dies saying "Thank God - I have done my Duty."

    End intertitle reads: "Though more than a century has passed since Nelson died, the spirit he bequeathed lives on." (This title has bad decomposition damage as does last shot of a ship under sail). THE END. British Instructional Films Ltd end title.

    See other reels - Reel 1 and 2 are on PM1877. Reel 3 is on PM1879.

    Note: Print is in fairly good condition throughout but there is some evidence of nitrate decomposition - mostly the blue tinted sections. Print in four reels but may have originally been 8 reels and spliced together into four.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:00:04:00 / 01:28:03:00

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