Oscar Wilde | 1960 | Robert Morley, Ralph Richardson

Oscar Wilde | 1960 | Robert Morley, Ralph Richardson

The race between two screen versions of Wilde’s An Ideal Husband ended in box-office failure for one. The same applied to two biopics of the great dramatist, with this black-and-white version losing out to the more flamboyant The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which opened a few days later. Ratoff’s film deserved better, if only because of Robert Morley as Wilde and our greatest actor Ralph Richardson as Sir Edward Carson, who bring the final court scenes to superb dramatic heights. It lacks colour and the wide screen, but the main flaw is that it is not developed as a character study and portrait of a period.

cast
Robert Morley as Oscar Wilde
Ralph Richardson as Sir Edward Carson
Phyllis Calvert as Constance Wilde
John Neville as Lord Alfred Douglas
Alexander Knox as Sir Edgar Clarke
Dennis Price as Robert Ross
Edward Chapman as Marquise of Queensbury
Martin Benson as George Alexander
Robert Harris as Justice Henn Collins
Henry Oscar as Justice Wills
William Devlin as Solicitor-General
Stephen Dartnell as Cobble
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Lionel Johnson
Martin Boddey as Insp. Richards
Leonard Sachs as Richard Legallienne

crew
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Script: Jo Elsinger, Frank Harris, Leslie Stokes, Sewell Stokes

UK | 98 minutes | 1960

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