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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
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The 1945 MGM film "The Picture of Dorian Gray" features a collection tray of coins and medals and
numismatic books and catalogs.
 
The film is based on the famous 1890 novel by Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) and
starred Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray as a man who has his portrait painted and wishes that
the portrait would age rather than him.
 
He gets his wish and begins engaging in unspecified bad behavior.
 
At one point, the artist who painted the picture visits Dorian and finds Dorian with a coin collection
spread out on a table.
Dorian Gray
1. Title
 
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.
 
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2. Lord Henry Wotton reading a book
 
The book is Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) by Charles Baudelaire.
 
Dorian also knows Basil Hallward, an artist.
 
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3. Basil Hallward, the artist
 
Basil Hallward is a painter who paints a full-length picture of Dorian.
 
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4. Dorian Gray posing for his picture
 
Basil gives Dorian the painting and an Egyptian statue of a cat, supposedly an Egyptian god.
 
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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.
 
Dorian heads for a music hall to see the show.
 
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6. Low-rent music hall, "The Two Turtles"
 
An optician's man wears an advertising sign, "Dr. Look".
 
Dorian likes Sibil Vane, the star performer, and decides to seduce her.
 
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7. Sibil Vane singing
 
Dorian succeeds in seducing her, but after he "has" her, he drops her and sends her some money.
 
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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.
 
Basil's niece Gladys Hallward has been in love with Dorian since she was a child.
She is now a beautiful young woman and decides to ask Dorian to marry her.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
One man notes that he "was seen in Whitechapel", among other low places,
which may be a hint as to what he was up to.
 
Dorian has Basil over for a visit and carries a box into the room.
 
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11. Dorian with a box
 
What strange and evil thing is inside the box?
A coin collection.
 
Dorian examines some large coins or medals and checks them against an illustrated coin catalog.
The artist Hallward visits and lectures Dorian on his bad reputation.
 
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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.
 
Basil Hallwell:
 
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.
 
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13. Dorian researching a coin
 
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14. Dorian gives a coin a closer look
 
Basil wants to see the painting and Dorian takes him upstairs to look at it.
 
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15. The upstairs room
 
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16. The painting
 
The film also shows it in color.
 
Basil is horrified and Dorian murders Basil to silence him.
Dorian then forces an acquaintence to dispose of the body.
 
After Basil disappears, Gladys and Dorian visit a detective to ask for help in finding him.
 
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17. Detective with a viewing device
 
The detective has some sort of viewing device which looks strangely familiar.
 
David Stone is another young man who has been seeing Gladys, and they decide to visit Dorian.
 
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18. Gladys and David in Dorian's room
 
More strange items, including a unicorn.
 
She and Dorian become engaged, but then he decides that he would corrupt her and breaks
off the engagement.
 
He notices that the painting has reflected the nice thing he did and concludes that he is
capable of reform.
 
Dorian decides to destroy the painting with a knife.
 
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19. Dorian ready to take care of the painting
 
Dorian stabs the painting, collapses, and dies.
 
Gladys, David, and a Lord Wotton enter the room and find Dorian's body, now a horrible sight,
while the painting has reverted to it's original form.
 
Gladys looks at the body but isn't frightened, only sad.
 
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20. Gladys' final view of Dorian
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
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
 
Director: Albert Lewin
Writers: Albert Lewin, Oscar Wilde (novel)
 
Henrique Medina painted the original picture used in the film, and Ivan Le Lorraine Albright
painted the aged and rather ghastly picture, which is shown in both black and white and color.
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