Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.
Dorian Gray's piano is a "square grand piano". This was one of many experimental types that were developed in the early eighteenth century when the instrument was relatively young. The square grand became very popular in the early nineteenth century because its design gave it the volume and much of the tone of a proper grand piano, but in a form that was more compact in size and more easily fit into the design of the typical drawing room. The design was able to work because the strings were arranged diagonally and with the soundboard at the side.
Lord Henry Wotton:
There's only one way to get rid of temptation, and that's to yield to it.
Dorian and Henry travel on a train bearing the "LNER" lettering of the London and North Eastern Railway, which was formed in the 1920s. The film is set in Victorian/Edwardian times.
Some prints are slightly edited, omitting Dorian's (Hurd Hatfield) prayer and Lord Henry's (George Sanders) line, "Heaven forgive me" in the final scene.