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The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

At the height of his fame, Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is (correctly) believed to be a romantic relationship with Queensberry's son Lord Alfred Douglas ("... See full summary »


Ken Hughes


Ken Hughes (screenplay), Montgomery Hyde (based on the book "The Trials Of Oscar Wilde" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Oscar Wilde
Yvonne Mitchell ... Constance Wilde
James Mason ... Sir Edward Carson
Nigel Patrick ... Sir Edward Clarke
Lionel Jeffries ... 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
Laurence Naismith ... Prince of Wales
Naomi Chance Naomi Chance ... Lily Langtry


At the height of his fame, Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is (correctly) believed to be a romantic relationship with Queensberry's son Lord Alfred Douglas ("Bosie"), who is twenty years Wilde's junior. When Queensberry slanders Wilde, the artist decides to take the matter to court and brings about his own downfall. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nearly a lifetime ago a legend walked the streets of London. His name was Oscar Wilde. His story was whispered over polite tea-cups and spat out in vulgar black banner headlines. To some he was a joke in bad taste, to others he was a human tragedy. Whatever they thought of him, they couldn't ignore him. And it took another lifetime to find the courage to put his story on the screen. So important is his story that the world was searched to find actors capable of enacting this great personal tragedy. Such world greats as Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick and a host of others. So big is this story it had to be in Technirama and Techinicolor.


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Release Date:

May 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Green Carnation See more »

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Technical Specs


| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)


Color (photographed in) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Trials of Oscar Wilde" failed to get a London West End screening, but got a full ABC circuit release from May 29th 1960, three days after the rival Oscar Wilde (1960) opened at the Carlton, Haymarket, where it played for four weeks but failed to get a circuit release. See more »


Queensberry leaves Wilde a card accusing him of "posing as a sodomite". The real Queensberry misspelled the word as "somdomite"; presumably this was changed for clarity's sake. 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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Die Fledermaus
Music by Johann Strauss
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Comment on The Trials of Oscar Wilde
9 September 2005 | by jasperisitSee all my reviews

For a movie made in 1960, The Trials of Oscar Wilde was probably ahead of its time, given the general taboo against open discussion of homosexuality in that era. Just guessing, but it also may have gained the inordinate attention of the censors (such as the old Catholic Legion of Decency). I first became aware of it only the other day (Sept. 2005), when it was shown on Turner Classic Movies here in the USA. I can't believe this was the first time that a relatively tame, 45-year-old movie has been shown on American TV, but I wonder. The movie tiptoes diplomatically around the "elephant in the room," but its central theme and the intent of the producers are clear enough for adult moviegoers. (I can't remember the word "homosexual" being uttered in the dialogue, but there were unmistakable surrogates, such as "sodomite.") As a heterosexual, far be it from me to ask this question, but notwithstanding Peter Finch's fine performance in the lead role, isn't his movie "Wilde" a more masculine portrayal than the historical Wilde? Perhaps this was also a necessary concession to the time in which it was made. In any case, I also offer this spelling nitpick: the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1982) refers to Wilde's nemesis as the "Marquess of Queensberry," not "Queensbury." Also, the rules of boxing are the "Marquess of Queensberry rules."

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