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The Picture of Dorian Gray Details

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was writer/director Albert E. Lewin's fascinating follow-up to his expressive-esoterica masterpiece Albert E. Lewin's Hurd Hatfield essays the title character, a London aristocrat who would sell his soul to remain handsome and young--and, in a manner of speaking, he does just that. Under the influence of his decadent (albeit witty) friend Lord Henry Wotton (George Sanders), Dorian Gray becomes the embodiment of virtually every sin known to man. The greatest of his sins is vanity: Gray commissions artist Basil Hallward (Lowell Gilmore) to paint his portrait. Admiring his own painted countenance, Gray silently makes a demonic pact. The years pass: everyone grows older but Gray, who seemingly gets younger and more good-looking every day. Hallward eventually stumbles upon the secret of Dorian's eternal youth: he finds his painting hidden in the attic, the portrait's face grown grotesquely aged and disfigured. Gray kills Hallward so that his secret will remain safe. Later on, Gray falls in love with Hallward's niece Gladys (Donna Reed). Certain that Gray is responsible for Hallward's death, Gladys' ex-boyfriend David Stone (Peter Lawford) sets out to prove it. He is joined in this mission by the brother of dance hall performer Sybil Vane (Angela Lansbury), who killed herself after Gray betrayed her. Essentially a black and white film, Angela Lansbury bursts into Technicolor whenever the picture is shown in close-up. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 3, 1945

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hans Peters Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hugh Hunt Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Angela Lansbury Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angela Lansbury Best Supporting Actress 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Black and White Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Black and White Cinematography 1945 Winner

Cast

George Sanders
as Lord Henry Wotton
Hurd Hatfield
as Dorian Gray
Donna Reed
as Gladys Hallward
Angela Lansbury
as Sybil Vane
Peter Lawford
as David Stone
Lowell Gilmore
as Basil Hallward
Richard Fraser
as James Vane
Douglas Walton
as Alan Campbell
Morton Lowry
as Adrian Singleton
Miles Mander
as Sir Robert Bentley
Mary Forbes
as Lady Agatha
Robert Greig
as Sir Thomas
Moyna MacGill
as Duchess
Billy Bevan
as Chairman Malvolio Jones
Lillian Bond
as Kate
Mary Benoit
Alan Edmiston
as Cabby
Gibson Gowland
as Gibson
Lisa Carpenter
as Lady Henry Wotton
Cedric Hardwicke
as Narrator
Emily Massey
as Parker the Nurse
Renie Riano
as Lady Ruxton
William Stack
as Mr. Erskine
Sam Harris
as Club Member
Rex Evans
as Lord Gerald Goodbody
Frank O'Connor
as Butler
Charles Coleman
as Butler
Reginald Owen
as Lord George Farmoor
Jimmy Conlin
as Piano Player

Crew

Albert Lewin
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Albert Lewin
Screenwriter
Oscar Wilde
Book Author
Harry Stradling
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Hans Peters
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Hugh Hunt
Set Designer
Irene Valles
Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer
Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Dawn
Makeup
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