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The Trials of Oscar Wilde -- The flamboyant playwright brings about his own downfall when he sues the Marquis of Queensbury for slander, and ends up going to jail for sodomy.


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May 1960 (UK) See more »
At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Peter Finch ... Oscar Wilde
Yvonne Mitchell ... Constance Wilde

James Mason ... Sir Edward Carson
Nigel Patrick ... Sir Edward Clarke

Lionel Jeffries ... John Sholto Douglas, Marquis of Queensberry
John Fraser ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Sonia Dresdel ... Lady Wilde
Maxine Audley ... Ada Leverson
James Booth ... Alfred Wood
Emrys Jones ... Robbie Ross
Lloyd Lamble ... Charles Humphries
Paul Rogers ... Frank Harris
Ian Fleming ... Arthur, the Wilde Butler
Laurence Naismith ... Prince of Wales
Naomi Chance ... Lily Langtry
Meredith Edwards ... Auctioneer
Anthony Newlands ... First Clerk of Arraigns
Robert Percival ... Second Clerk of Arraigns

Michael Goodliffe ... Charles Gill
Liam Gaffney ... Willie Wilde
William Kendall ... Lord Ashford
Ronald Cardew ... Lord Sonning
Cicely Paget-Bowman ... Lady Queensberry
Derek Aylward ... Lord Percy Douglas
Campbell Singer ... Inspector
Victor Brooks ... Constable
Alfred Burke ... Reporter
A.J. Brown ... Justice Collins
Charles Carson ... Justice Charles
David Ensor ... Justice Wills

Edward Evans ... Sydney
Howard Lang ... Court Usher
Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Burgess, Landlady
John Welsh ... Cafe Royal Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bennett ... Marquis of Queensberry's Friend (uncredited)
Bill Brandon ... Man in Court (uncredited)
Margot Bryant ... Edith (uncredited)
Richard Caldicot ... Bookshop Proprietor (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Theatre Guest (uncredited)
David Langton ... Frank (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Hughes 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Furnell  play
Ken Hughes 
Montgomery Hyde  book

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Harold Huth .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Goodwin 
Cinematography by
Ted Moore 
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Foot 
Casting by
James Liggat 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Set Decoration by
Terence Morgan 
Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist
Production Management
L.C. Rudkin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Constable .... associate art director
Terence Morgan .... set dresser
Sound Department
Norman Coggs .... sound recordist
Jim Groom .... sound editor
Wally Milner .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Roeg .... camera operator (as Nick Roeg)
Cornel Lucas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
John Crome .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ron Goodwin .... conductor
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Lord Cecil Douglas .... advisor
Vyvyan Holland .... advisor
The Marquess of Queensberry .... advisor
Helen Whitson .... continuity

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123 min | 130 min (TCM print)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Australia:M | Spain:18 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Lionel Jeffries, aged 33 at the time of filming, was only five years older than John Fraser who played his son.See more »
Factual errors: Wilde's friend Robbie Ross is shown as being ignorant of Wilde's homosexuality, asking him to deny rumours of it. In fact Ross was gay and probably Wilde's first male lover.See more »
[the Marquis of Queensbury hands an insulting bouquet of vegetables to Oscar Wilde]
Oscar Wilde:How charming. Every time I smell them I shall think of you, Lord Queensbury.
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
well worth watching..., 8 January 2002
Author: tim clarke ( from Manchester, UK

The relationship between Oscar Wilde and Bosie, has already developed and is in full flow when this film begins, so we are almost immediately immersed into the war of hate between Bosie and his homophobic and severely disapproving father. Bosie's father appears to disapprove of his son merely because of his son's lack of manliness, and despises Oscar Wilde because of what he perceives as Wilde's role in perverting his son. But the resentment is also clearly due to the fact that Bosie's father just cannot connect with his son on any level (well portrayed in this film) and it is Wilde that appears to steel that genuine place in Bosie's heart. This just eats away at Bosie's father, and so he attempts to destroy the relationship between Bosie & Wilde in any way he can. But the more he tries, the more he pushes his son away, into the arms of Wilde.

Peter Finch plays Oscar Wilde admirably and he convinced me that this could have been the real Oscar Wilde. John Fraser plays Bosie acceptably - although i think it's his clean 'nice boy' looks that help him pull this role off more than his acting talent. Bosie's father, the Marquis of Queensbury is played by Lionel Jeffreys and he displays the cantankerous side of the character well. The courtroom scenes could have been tenser, and i dont think James Mason (as one of the barristers) delivers his lines with quite the same passion of some barristers I've seen. It is in one of the courtroom scenes, that quite apart from his relationship with Bosie, the true extent of Wilde's promiscuity with regard to young men is exposed, which was the one point for me in the film that I felt slight disgust at Wilde, although his promiscuity still didn't justify in my opinion what then happened to him. I'm just glad that society has become more tolerant nowadays, in some parts of the world.

The film is approximately two hours long, is packed with Oscar Wilde witty one liners, which made the film very funny at times. On second viewing, the film was even more enjoyable. Shot in 1960, I watched it for the first time here in the UK on Monday 7th Jan 2002 on Channel 4 who played it as an afternoon matinee, and the quality of the copy they played was superb - crystal clear. All in all, the film was a joy to watch.

I would highly recommend it, as it illustrates the relative intolerance of the times in England at that time. There are no sensual scenes in the film, so its 'safe' to watch for everyone. I say this because I know that a friend of mine recently stopped watching the latest Oscar Wilde film (with Stephen Fry, released 1997) as soon as he realised that it contained some male nudity & stuff, which he said he was personally uncomfortable with. And the 1960 film doesn't lose anything for not having any sexual stuff in it, believe me. Please watch it, if you get the chance.

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