The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)

The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)
The pure at heart Dorian Gray is sitting for a portrait with Basil Hallward when the cunning Lord Henry Wotton arrives. As Wotton slowly corrupts him, Dorian soon wishes that he could never age, with his portrait showing the true twisted evil his soul becomes over the years. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching 1945’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

· Lord Henry Wotton is visiting Basil Hallward when he notices a butterfly on the curtains. In the right close-up view of Henry, when he says “there’s no such thing as a good influence”, the glue line of his fake beard can be seen from his chin to his mouth.

· Dorian is watching Sybil perform for the first time. After the song, when the emcee comments, “make a pilgrimage with me among the mortals”, a close-up view of Dorian shows his left hand is resting on the table in front of him. A wider view as Sybil stars walking through the crowd, shows his hands are down, near his lap.

· Sybil is singing as she walks through the crowd. She stops singing when she sees Dorian, but her voice can still be heard singing the song.

· Dorian brings Henry and Basil to see Sybil perform. After the song ends, they’re applauding, and a rear view of the three shows Basil turns toward Dorian with a cigar in his mouth. It cuts to a front view when Basil says, “this marriage is quite right”, and he no longer has the cigar.

· There is a party at Dorian’s house, featuring a performer. In the close-up, front views of the performer, she’s in front of the vertical creases in the backdrop. In the farther view, she’s a few feet away, closer to the middle of the section.

· Allen Campbell walks into the room at Dorian’s house. The view of the table shows only the Egyptian cat statue is on it. It’s still that way when Dorian reads from the book. He then sets the book against the statue. A few moments later, Dorian places the blackmail letter on the table as well. It’s only the statue, book and letter on the table when Allen sits and says he’ll have to get some items from the laboratory. The scene cuts to a close-up of Dorian and back to Allen. The table now has a writing pen that wasn’t there before.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1945) stars George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, and Lowell Gilmore. It runs 110 minutes and is Not Rated.

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