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Oscar Wilde (1960)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | May 1960 (UK)
Playwright Oscar Wilde's homosexuality is exposed when he brings a libel action against his lover's father, leading to his own prosecution.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... Oscar Wilde
Ralph Richardson ... Sir Edward Carson
Phyllis Calvert ... Constance Wilde
John Neville ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Dennis Price ... Robert Ross
Alexander Knox ... Sir Edward Clarke
Edward Chapman ... John Sholto Douglas - Marquis of Queensberry
Martin Benson ... George Alexander
Robert Harris ... Justice Richard Henn Collins - First Trial
Henry Oscar ... Justice Alfred Wills - Second Trial
William Devlin William Devlin ... Solicitor-General
Stephen Dartnell Stephen Dartnell ... Cobble
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Lionel Johnson
Martin Boddey ... Inspector Richards (as Martin Boddy)
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Richard LeGalliene


In the 1890s, famed writer Oscar Wilde embarks on a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, despite his marriage to Constance. As their relationship creates a public scandal and feeds the outrage of Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, Wilde charges the Marquis with libel - a decision that turns against him when the Marquis' lawyer leads him to admit to his homosexuality, resulting in Wilde's own prosecution. Written by mahajanssen

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Release Date:

May 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Passion See more »

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Vantage Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Oscar Wilde" premiered in London's West End at 20th Century Fox's Carlton Theatre, Haymarket, on May 26th 1960 and ran for four weeks. It failed to gain a circuit release in the UK. The rival "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" failed to get a West End screening but got a full ABC circuit release from May 29th 1960, just nine days after being passed by the BBFC. See more »


When the Marquis of Queensberry writes his insulting note - "To Oscar Wilde, posing as a Sodomite" - the club desk clerk to whom he has given it consults a dictionary for the meaning of the word. The definition is clearly cut and pasted from another source, and in addition, it has been cut and pasted, perhaps deliberately, into the middle of the dictionary's definition for "sentimental." See more »

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Opening credits are shown over the background of Wilde's tomb, specifically over his name on the side of the structure. See more »

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Engrossing and touching portrayal.
12 July 2000 | by peachamSee all my reviews

Unlike the stiff and flashy Peter Finch film released a year later,this film is a gem. Robert Morely more than captures the wit,pain and humanity of Oscar Wilde. The film is very daring for its time,not only by presenting Wilde's trials for Gross Indecency on film,but for its loving and sympathetic portrayal of the man.

John Neville is also wonderful as Bosie Douglass,Wilde's lover,and Sir Ralph Richardson as Edward Carson illuminates the trial scenes. The interrogation of Morley by Richardson,and Morley's witty comebacks are not only tyhe highlight of the film,but possibly could be one of filmdom's greatest trial scenes.

Where the Finch film glossed over the surface of the events,this film takes you into the real people involved,Phyliss Calvert as Wilde's Wife,Constance and Dennis Price as his friend Robbie Ross are also wonderful in their role. Its a shame this film is not yet available on video for all to cherish.

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