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Oscar Wilde Details


Robert Morley is ideally cast as the legendary playwright, poet, and wit Oscar Wilde in this biographical look at the author's tumultuous life. While he was married to a woman named Constance (Phyllis Calvert), Wilde was primarily attracted to men, and at the height of his fame, he became involved with Lord Alfred Douglas (John Neville), the estranged son of the Marquis of Queensberry (Edward Chapman). The Marquis, who disliked Wilde, publicly referred to him as a "sodomite," and Wilde sued for libel. However, in the midst of the resultant trial, Sir Edward Carson (Ralph Richardson) badgered Wilde into admitting his homosexuality under oath; Wilde lost his libel suit, and was then successfully prosecuted for indecency, for which he served two years at hard labor. Wilde died a poor and emotionally shattered man in Paris a few years later. Oscar Wilde was produced at roughly the same time as The Trials of Oscar Wilde, in which Peter Finch played the title role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Robert Morley
as Oscar Wilde
Phyllis Calvert
as Constance Wilde
John Neville
as Lord Alfred Douglas
Ralph Richardson
as Sir Edward Carson
Dennis Price
as Robert Ross
Alexander Knox
as Sir Edgar Clarke
Edward Chapman
as Marquis of Queensberry
Martin Benson
as George Alexander
Robert Harris
as Justice Henn Collins
Henry Oscar
as Justice Wills
William Devlin
as Solicitor-General
Stephen Dartnell
as Cobbli
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
as Lionel Johnson
Leonard Sachs
as Richard Legallienne
Tom Chatto
as Clerk of Arraigns
Martin Boddey
as Inspector Richards
Tony Doonan
as Wood
Martin Boddey
as Inspector Richards


Gregory Ratoff
Leslie Stokes
Play Author
Sewell Stokes
Play Author
Joe Eisinger
Georges Périnal