The Trials of Oscar Wilde

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Director: Ken Hughes Cast: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason

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Peter Finch portrays the titular flamboyant Irish poet/playwright in The Trials of Oscar Wilde. The storyline, lifted to a great extent from actual court records, recounts Wilde's late 19th century libel action against the Marquis of Queensbury. The author loses, whereupon he himself is tried for sodomy due to his homosexual affair with the Marquis' son, Lord Douglas. Wilde is sentenced to prison; the public humiliation leads to the once-proud writer's immortal poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol--and to his premature death in 1900. The film had to tiptoe around certain touchy legalities, in that sodomy was still a punishable offence in British courts in 1960. The US title for this film was The Trial of Oscar Wilde, effectively killing the ironic double meaning of the plural British title. In certain regions, the film was shown as The Man with the Green Carnation.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827126927
Original Release: 1960
Source: Reel Vault
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sales rank: 10,261

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Paul Rogers Frank Harris
Ian Fleming Arthur
Laurence Naismith Prince of Wales
Naomi Chance Lily Langtry
Meredith Edwards Auctioneer
Anthony Newlands First Clerk of Arraigns
Michael Goodliffe Charles Gill
Liam Gaffney Willie Wilde
Ronald Cardew Lord Sonning
Derek Aylward Lord Percy Douglas
Campbell Singer Insector
A.J. Brown Justice Collins
Charles Carson Justice Charles
David Ensor Justice Wills
Gladys Henson Landlady
Cicely Paget-Bowman Lady Queensberry
Victor Kendall Actor
Lloyd Lamble Charles Humphries
Robert Percival Second Clerk of Arraigns
Victor Brooks Constable
Alfred Burke Reporter
Edward Evans Sydney
John Welsh Cafe Royal Manager
Howard Lang Court Usher

Technical Credits
Ken Hughes Director,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Bill Constable Art Director
Geoffrey Foot Editor
Ron Goodwin Score Composer
Harold Huth Producer
Ted Moore Cinematographer

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