The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Film Review

The Picture of Dorian Gray
DIRECTOR: Albert Lewin
BOTTOM LINE:  Albert Lewin, back at MGM, directed his masterpiece, a superb adaptation of Oscar Wild’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” with an impossibly beautiful Hurd Hatfield as Dorian – the fact that his performance was subtle to the point of understatement has always seemed exactly right to me. He’s like Tyrone Power with a permanent facial mask. The superb cast includes George Sanders as Lord Henry Wotton, Wild’s heterosexual stand-in, scattering his bon mots like rose petals at a wedding, Angela Lansbury getting her second Oscar nomination in two years as Sybil Vane the young girl that Dorian destroys which seals his fate, Richard Fraser as her vengeful brother and Peter Lawford and Donna Reed both looking impossibly fresh and youthful. Finally, there is Dorian’s best friend Basil Hallward. He is played by gay actor Lowell Gilmore who, like Hatfield, deserved much better from Hollywood
POST TITLE: Fifty-Four Queer Films Made Under the Hays Code (1934-1967)
CATEGORY: My Favorites
SUBCATEGORY: Queer Film
STREAMING: Amazon Prime and Apple TV+

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