Oscar Wilde's homosexuality is exposed when he tries to defend himself against his lover's father.



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In the 1890s, famed writer Oscar Wilde (Robert Morley) embarks on a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas (John Neville), despite his marriage to Constance (Phyllis Calvert). This relationship and its consequences are the focus of this dramatization of Wilde's life. Wilde sues Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry (Edward Chapman), for libel - a lawsuit that turns against him when a prosecuting lawyer forces him to admit to his homosexuality, leading to a second lawsuit. Written by mahajanssen

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Robert Morley made his name on the stage playing Oscar Wilde at the London Gate Theatre in 1936. The play was a success despite being banned from major London theatres because of its theme of homosexuality, and was later produced in America with Morely making his Broadway debut in the part on October 10, 1938. The play was a hit in New York and ran 247 performances, a substantial run at the time for a straight play. See more »


When Oscar Wilde is asked to state his name at the beginning of his trial testimony, he incorrectly replies "Oscar O'Flahertie Fingal Wills Wilde," transposing the names O'Flahertie and Fingal. The correct name, mentioned several times a few minutes before in the reading of the charge by the clerk of the court, is Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde. See more »

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Enjoyable but too sudden an ending
25 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes I enjoyed this 1960 biopic but considered the ending too abrupt.To give the film more verisimilitude I would have liked the producer to show Oscar at "hard labour" which involved pointless physical activities given to prisoners who were so sentenced.Robert Morley looked his same rotund self when he came out of Reading gaol after his two years of "hard labour" losing weight as he had not five minutes before looked when he started his sentence!Also I missed the writing of his "Ballad of Reading Gaol" which he wrote when the prison authorities restored his writing materials to him in his cell.

Peter Finch,Peter Egan and Stephen Fry to my knowledge have also played this great literary figure & wit since the production date of this 1960 version and I accorded it 6/10.

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