The Trials of Oscar Wilde

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Ken Hughes (1960)

PG Certificate


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Released in America as The Man with the Green Carnation, this is a moving account of the fall from grace of the celebrated playwright and wit. Although Peter Finch looks nothing like Wilde, he gives an assured, poignant, Bafta-winning performance, excelling particularly during his courtroom jousts with James Mason as the abrasive Sir Edward Carson. John Fraser makes an admirably self-centred Lord Alfred Douglas, while Lionel Jeffries plays impressively against type as the irascible Marquis of Queensberry, who first publicly accused Wilde of homosexuality. Gregory Ratoff's black-and-white picture Oscar Wilde, starring Robert Morley, was released almost simultaneously.


Fact-based drama about the famous Victorian writer's prosecution for homosexuality, which came about as a consequence of his unsuccessful attempt to sue his aristocratic lover's father. Starring Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick and Lionel Jeffries.

Cast & Crew

Oscar Wilde Peter Finch
Constance Wilde Yvonne Mitchell
Sir Edward Carson James Mason
Sir Edward Clarke Nigel Patrick
John Sholto Douglas, Marquis of Queensberry Lionel Jeffries
Lord Alfred Douglas John Fraser
Lady Wilde Sonia Dresdel
Ada Leverson Maxine Audley
Director Ken Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warwick Film Prods Ltd