🎥 The Picture of Dorian Gray – 1945

The Story …

While posing for a painting by his friend Basil Hallward, handsome young aristocrat Dorian Gray meets Hallward’s friend Lord Henry Wotton.

Wotton persuades Gray the only worthwhile life is dedicated to pleasure, because “what the gods give they quickly take away.” Contemplating this, Gray wishes his portrait could age instead of him.

He makes this wish in the presence of an Egyptian cat statue with supposed magical powers.

After callously breaking off his engagement to tavern singer Sibyl Vane, Gray finds the portrait has begun to change and wonders if his wish may have come true.

He has the portrait locked away in his old schoolroom and disguises its location by firing servants who moved the painting, while Gray becomes more dedicated to a sinful and heartless life …

Years later, Dorian is 40 but still looks 22. London society is awestruck at his unchanging appearance.

The portrait has remained locked away, with Gray holding the only key. Over the years, the portrait of the young, handsome, Dorian Gray has warped into a hideous, demon-like creature reflecting his many sins.

When Hallward sees his painting, Gray murders his friend and seals his body in the school room next to the portrait, then blackmails his friend, Allen Campbell, to dispose of Hallward’s body. Campbell, distraught at his role in destroying Hallward’s corpse, commits suicide.

Gray starts a romance with Hallward’s niece, Gladys. James Vane, Sibyl’s brother, follows Gray to his country estate to achieve revenge for Sibyl’s death and is shot by accident during a hunting party.

Gray despairs at his impact on others and realises he can spare Gladys from misfortune by leaving her. After sending Gladys a letter breaking their engagement, Gray confronts his portrait and sees a subtle improvement.

He stabs the portrait in the heart, seeking to end the spell, but cries out as if he has also been stabbed. His friends, realizing what has happened, burst into the schoolroom to discover Gray dead next to the portrait, his deformed body now reflecting his sins in physical form.

The portrait, by contrast, once more shows Dorian Gray as a young, innocent man …

Credits :

  • Directed by Albert Lewin
  • Screenplay by Albert Lewin
  • Based on The Picture of Dorian Gray 1891 novel by Oscar Wilde
  • Produced by Pandro S. Berman
  • Narrated by Cedric Hardwicke
  • Cinematography :  Harry Stradling
  • Edited by Ferris Webster
  • Music by Herbert Stothart
  • Colour Process :  Technicolor
  • Production Company : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Distributed by Loew’s Inc.
  • Release Date : March 3, 1945

Cast :

  • George Sanders as Lord Henry Wotton
  • Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray
  • Donna Reed as Gladys Hallward
  • Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane
  • Peter Lawford as David Stone
  • Lowell Gilmore as Basil Hallward
  • Richard Fraser as James Vane
  • Douglas Walton as Allen Campbell
  • Morton Lowry as Adrian Singleton
  • Miles Mander as Sir Robert Bentley
  • Lydia Bilbrook as Mrs. Vane
  • Mary Forbes as Lady Agatha
  • Robert Greig as Sir Thomas
  • Moyna Macgill as Duchess
  • Anita Sharp-Bolster as Lady Harborough
  • Billy Bevan as Malvolio Jones
  • Lilian Bond as Kate
  • Devi Dja as Lead Dancer
  • Cedric Hardwicke as Narrator
  • Mitchell Lewis as Waiter
  • Reginald Owen as Lord George Farmour
  • Devi Wani as Dancer
  • Devi Mima as Dancer
  • Devi Tina as Dancer

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