The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Director:
Albert Lewin (II)
Released:
1945
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This is the famous 1945 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic story about a mysterious young man whose painted portrait ages through the years while he remains young. Starring Oscar-winner George Sanders, multiple Oscar and Emmy-nominee Angela Lansbury and Oscar-winner Donna Reed, the film gave a first big chance to Hurd Hatfield, who impassively plays the enigmatic Dorian Gray.

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      • Although studio veteran Herbert Stothart got sole credit for the music in the film, some of the score was composed anonymously by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

      • Albert Lewin was a long-time MGM executive brought into the company by Irving Thalberg. After Thalberg's death, Lewin became dissatisfied working for Louis B. Mayer instead and left the company to make a low-budget independent production for United Artists, The Moon And Sixpence. He wrote the screenplay and eventually (to save money) also directed it. After it proved a huge success, he was lured back to MGM and told that he could occasionally direct again as long as he also carried out his former executive duties. This was the first film he directed under this deal.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Lord Henry Wotton: I must apologise for the intelligence of my remarks, Sir Thomas. I had forgotten I was addressing a Member of Parliament.

    • NOTES (1)

      • The various paintings of Dorian Gray in different stages of moral disintegration were all the work of Ivan Le Loraine Albright, a well-known artist of the day.

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    Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense

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    Love & Romance, Supernatural, Classics