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The Picture of Dorian Gray Overview:

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) was a Drama - Fantasy Film directed by Albert Lewin and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressAngela LansburyNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Hugh Hunt, JohnNominated
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingWon

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Dorian Gray: If only it was the picture who was to grow old, and I remain young. There's nothing in the world I wouldn't give for that. Yes, I would give even my soul for it.

Lord Henry Wotton: [Referring to Dorian's shuttered room] What rare things have you stored away there, Dorian? Skeletons of inquisitive guests?

Lord Henry Wotton: I choose my friends carefully.

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Already established as a cabaret singer, Angela Lansbury plaintively intoned "Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird" (music and lyrics by C.W. Murphy and William Hargreaves) in this movie. Yet strangely, in her two subsequent MGM films, her singing would be dubbed by two phantom voices: 'Virginia Reese' in The Harvey Girls, a full-throttle Technicolor musical; and Doreen Tryden in The Hoodlum Saint, a moody drama containing a couple of standards. In this film, Doreen Tryden, ironically, supplied the off-screen voice for Donna Reed's reprise of "Good-bye, Little Yellow Bird."
According to Angela Lansbury, a friend of hers, Michael Dyne, was considered for Dorian. Dyne suggested Lansbury for the role of Sybil Vane. The casting director liked her for the part and suggested her to George Cukor for Gaslight. She saw both Cukor and Albert Lewin the same day and was cast for her first two films.
Ivan Le Lorraine Albright's famous painting of the decayed Dorian Gray - which took approximately one year to complete - is now owned by the Art Institute of Chicago. Albright's twin brother Malvin Albright, better known as a sculptor, was also commissioned to create paintings for the film, although his work went unused.
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