Directed by Albert Lewin • 1945 • United States
Starring George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed
Oscar Wilde’s gothic classic receives an appropriately stylish and sophisticated rendition in the rare Hollywood adaptation to compare favorably with its source material. When Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield), a handsome young Victorian gentleman obsessed with the fleeting transience of his own beauty, becomes disturbed by a portrait that seems to capture too much of his soul, he makes a dark pact: he will remain forever young, while the age, disease, and decay that should affect his body ravage the painting. Over the years, Gray revels in every imaginable pleasure and experience—altruistic, decadent, or evil—while somehow maintaining his youthful beauty. Meanwhile, the painting, locked away in a dark room, betrays the ugly truth of his increasingly corrupt soul.