The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.




  • Hurd Hatfield and Lena Horne in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • Hurd Hatfield in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • Donna Reed and Hurd Hatfield in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • George Sanders and Hurd Hatfield in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
  • Lowell Gilmore and Carol Diane Keppler in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

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16 October 2000 | Cajun-4
Elegant horror
The key word for this movie is elegance. The cast move through sumptuous sets with the males dressed in immaculately tailored dress suits and the women exquisitely gowned. It seems that all the aristocrats lived in homes the size of Buckingham palace with high ceilinged rooms and magnificent staircases. They exchange Oscar Wilde epigrams in the cultured tones of the British upper classes.

Some great performances. Hurd Hatfield, an extremely handsome actor with a limited range ,gives the best one of his career as does George Sanders as the cynical Lord Henry Wotton, and a young Angela Lansbury is very moving (especially when she sings "The Little Yellow Bird").

One (very small) criticism. The color shots of the Dorian Gray portrait showing his degradation don't match the high standards of the rest of the design, they look more like pages from a horror comic. I think the producer's, with their obviously high budget, could have used a more imaginative artist.

As I say a small criticism. This a great film of psychological horror.

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