Oscar Wilde (film)

Oscar Wilde is a 1960 biographical film about Oscar Wilde, made by Vantage Films and released by 20th Century Fox.

Oscar Wilde
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Produced byWilliam Kirby
Written byJo Eisinger
Based onOscar Wilde
by Leslie Stokes & Sewell Stokes
StarringRobert Morley
Ralph Richardson
Phyllis Calvert
John Neville
Music byKenneth V. Jones
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Edited byAntony Gibbs
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 1960 (1960-05)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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. Original music score was by Kenneth Jones.

The film starred Robert Morley as Oscar Wilde, Ralph Richardson as Sir Edward Carson, Phyllis Calvert as Constance Wilde, John Neville as Lord Alfred Douglas, Dennis Price as Robbie Ross, Alexander Knox as Sir Edward Clarke and Edward Chapman as the Marquess of Queensberry.

This was one of two films about Wilde released in 1960, the other being The Trials of Oscar Wilde. They were both released in the last week of May.

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 [1] 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.



  1. Chapter 13, Page 63-64 Pub:iUniverse, 2007
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