The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

USA, 1944
35mm film, black and white, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Albert Lewin.


Directed by: Albert Lewin
Copyright MCMXLV [1945] in U.S.A. by Loew’s Incorporated
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents. Controlled by Loew’s Incorporated
Produced by: Pandro S. Berman
Screen Play by: Albert Lewin
Based Upon the Novel by: Oscar Wilde
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
Film Editor: Ferris Webster
Colored Inserts by: Technicolor
Musical Score: Herbert Stothart
Recording Director: Douglas Shearer
Western Electric Sound System
Costume Supervision: Irene
Associate: Marion Herwood Keyes
Men’s Costumes: Valles
Make-Up Created by: Jack Dawn
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis
Associates: Hugh Hunt, John Bonar
Paintings of Dorian Gray: Ivan Le Lorraine Albright
Paintings of Dorian Gray as a Young Man: Henrique Medina
Special Assistant to Mr Lewin: Gordon Wiles

George Sanders (Lord Henry Wotton)
Hurd Hatfield (Dorian Gray)
Donna Reed (Gladys Hallward)
Angela Lansbury (Sibyl Vane)
Peter Lawford (David Stone)
Lowell Gilmore (Basil Hallward)
Richard Fraser (James Vane)
Douglas Walton (Allen Campbell)
Morton Lowry (Adrian Singleton)
Miles Mander (Sir Robert Bentley)
Lydia Bilbrook (Mrs Vane)
Mary Forbes (Lady Agatha)
Robert Greig (Sir Thomas)
Moyna MacGill (duchess)
Billy Bevan (Malvolio Jones, chairman)
Renie Carson (young French woman)
Lillian Bond (Kate)
Devi Dja and Her Balinese Dancers

Alternative Titles

Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray – Austria, Germany (DVD), West Germany
Dorian Gray képe – Hungary
Dorian Grayn muotokuva – Finland
Dorian Grays porträtt – Sweden
Le Portrait de Dorian Gray – Belgium (French), France
To Portraito tou Dorian Gray – Greece
Portret Doriana Graya – Poland
El retrato de Dorian Gray – Spain
O Retrato de Dorian Gray – Brazil, Portugal title
Il ritratto di Dorian Gray – Italy

Extracts included in
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills: America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998)
The Cinematographer (1951)
MGM Greatest Moments: A Video Sampler (1987)
Wonder Boys (2000)

See also
Get Smart: Age Before Duty (1969)


BFI Southbank Guide August 2012 p.10
Wilde’s only novel, a Faustian story of gilded youth and corruption, is ideally served in this elegant adaptation by writer-director Albert Lewin. One of the most literate of Hollywood directors, Lewin’s adaptation is all the more macabre for its restraint, hinting at, rather than showing the capacity for evil lurking behind Hurd Hatfield’s blandly handsome face. Filmed in black and white with two insertions of three band Technicolor, this sinister jewel is one of the best Wilde adaptations to reach the screen. – author not credited



  • American Cinematographer no.78 (May 1997) p.5 – illustrated article (The Picture of Dorian Gray: Worth a million words by George E. Turner)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.40
  • L’Express le magazine 23 November 2000 p.70 – review (Le portrait de Dorian Gray by Michel Grisolia)
  • Film-Programm der Kino-Szene no.253 (1989) p.8 – article (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray)
  • Scary Monsters Magazine no.24 (March 2000) pp.81-88 – illustrated review (The Picture of Dorian Gray by Tom Triman)


  • The New York Times 2 March 1945 – review (The Screen; The Picture of Dorian Gray, Film Version of Wilde Novel, With Hatfield and Sanders, Opens at Capitol Theatre by Bosley Crowther)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.89-90
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.224-227
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.355, 360
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr p.40
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.374
  • Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre’s Golden Age by Gregory William Mank pp.293-323 – article
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.369 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.377-379
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.90-91 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.53 – credits, review
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.28

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide May 2010 p.44 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2012 p.10 – illustrated listing