Oscar Wilde (film)
Oscar Wilde is a 1960 biographical film about Oscar Wilde, made by Vantage Films and released by 20th Century Fox. The film was directed by Gregory Ratoff and produced by William Kirby, from a screenplay by Jo Eisinger, based on the play Oscar Wilde by Leslie Stokes and Sewell Stokes. The film starred Robert Morley (as Oscar Wilde), Ralph Richardson, Phyllis Calvert and Alexander Knox.
|Directed by||Gregory Ratoff|
|Produced by||William Kirby|
|Written by||Jo Eisinger|
|Based on||Oscar Wilde|
by Leslie Stokes & Sewell Stokes
|Music by||Kenneth V. Jones|
|Edited by||Antony Gibbs|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
The plot primarily focuses on the litigation surrounding Wilde's libel suit against the Marquess of Queensberry, and the subsequent insinuation of Wilde's homosexuality.
Author and former film extra Brian Edward Hurst gives a detailed description of a scene he witnessed during filming where Morley (as Wilde) attempted to pick up a newspaper boy on a foggy London street. Hurst's book: Heaven Can Help - the Autobiography of a Medium describes the day's filming at Walton-on-Thames Studio.
The attempted seduction scene was cut from the final version. This movie was a lower budget production which was compared unfavorably with the wide-screen, technicolor version The Trials of Oscar Wilde.
The film had a charity gala at the Carlton on 22 May 1960.