The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
The 1945 MGM film "The Picture of Dorian Gray" features a collection tray of coins and medals and
numismatic books and catalogs.
starred Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray as a man who has his portrait painted and wishes that
the portrait would age rather than him.
spread out on a table.
Dorian Gray is a young man living in Victorian London in 1886.
Lord Henry Wotton, a sophisticated and degenerate man, is an acquaintance of Dorian's.
2. Lord Henry Wotton reading a book
The book is Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire.
3. Basil Hallward, the artist
Basil Hallward is a painter who paints a full-length picture of Dorian.
4. Dorian Gray posing for his picture
Basil gives Dorian the painting and an Egyptian statue of a cat, supposedly an Egyptian god.
5. The Egyptian Cat
Dorian wishes that his portrait could age instead of him and his wish is granted.
He decides to lead a life of debauchery.
He hides the painting in a storeroom and goes to look at occasionally.
6. Low-rent music hall, "The Two Turtles"
An optician's man wears an advertising sign, "Dr. Look".
7. Sibil Vane singing
Dorian succeeds in seducing her, but after he "has" her, he drops her and sends her some money.
8. Sibil receives a letter and payment for "services rendered"
Dorian then decides to ask her to marry him but finds that she has killed herself.
She is now a beautiful young woman and decides to ask Dorian to marry her.
9. Gladys Hallward
Dorian starts seeing Gladys and bringing her to his place.
He likes to show her his large collection of Asian and Egyptian art and antiquities.
10. Dorian and his collection of art
Dorian continues to live his "debauched" life, his sins are not described, but are inferred
by him or other people.
which may be a hint as to what he was up to.
11. Dorian with a box
What strange and evil thing is inside the box?
A coin collection.
The artist Hallward visits and lectures Dorian on his bad reputation.
12. Dorian examines coins while Basil lectures him on his wicked life
A tray of large coins or medals is on the table, along with an illustrated coin catalog.
What I have to say to you is serious, Dorian.
I think you should know the things that are being said against you in London.
When I hear all these hideous things that people whisper about you, I don't know what to say.
13. Dorian researching a coin
14. Dorian gives a coin a closer look
Basil wants to see the painting and Dorian takes him upstairs to look at it.
15. The upstairs room
16. The painting
The film also shows it in color.
Dorian then forces an acquaintence to dispose of the body.
17. Detective with a viewing device
The detective has some sort of viewing device which looks strangely familiar.
18. Gladys and David in Dorian's room
More strange items, including a unicorn.
off the engagement.
capable of reform.
19. Dorian ready to take care of the painting
Dorian stabs the painting, collapses, and dies.
while the painting has reverted to it's original form.
20. Gladys' final view of Dorian
George Sanders as Lord Henry Wotton
Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray
Donna Reed as Gladys Hallward
Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane
Peter Lawford as David Stone
Writers: Albert Lewin, Oscar Wilde (novel)
painted the aged and rather ghastly picture, which is shown in both black and white and color.