Saturday, April 10, 2021

Phillips Smalley | The Picture of Dorian Gray / 1913 [lost film]

the picture of dorian gray 1913

Lois Weber (screenplay), Phillips Smalley (director) The Picture of Dorian Gray / 1913 Lost Film

Very little is known about the lost 1913 version of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and some film historians now doubt whether this version of the film ever existed, although credits and the specific release date of March 17, 1913 are repeated on the internet Wikipedia and IMDb sites. This version was first mentioned in the 1966 copy of Films In Review.

     If these sources are correct, the cast of the 16-minute short starred Wallace Reid as Dorian, with Lois Weber presumably playing Sybil Vane, and the director Phillips Smalley performing the role of Lord Henry Wotton. New York Motion Picture Company is listed as the producer.

     What scenes from Wilde’s novel were adapted for this short is not known, along with any information of whether there are any implications in the work of homosexuality other than Wilde’s original coded text.

Los Angeles, April 10, 2021

Reprinted from World Cinema Review (April 2021).  


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