Born on September 28th, 1916
From London, England
Middle-aged Johnnie Byrne (Peter Finch) is a member of the British House of Commons. Johnnie's life is in disarray -- not only has his marriage failed, but he has just lost out on a top advisory position. Feeling despondent, he joins a radical political group and has a brief affair with a model, but both experiences leave him feeling even colder. He unexpectedly gets a chance to salvage his marriage, but love will have to come at the expense of his career, leaving him in a complex situation.
Renowned for his flamboyant and witty persona, Irish writer Oscar Wilde (Peter Finch) clashes in court with the powerful Marquess of Queensberry (Lionel Jeffries), the father of his young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (John Fraser). While Wilde instigates a libel case, the hearing results in the playwright's own trial and prosecution for gross indecency and sodomy. Wilde's subsequent prison stint leads to a tragic decline for the revered literary figure.
Idealistic British surgeon Alec Windom (Peter Finch) travels to Burma, where he quickly becomes embroiled in the politics of the region. Favoring the native interests over the imperialists when the workers of a rubber plantation go on strike, Windom supports them and hides their leader in a hospital. His support falters, however, when the workers join a growing and active rebellion. Windom's activities are further interrupted by the arrival of his strong-willed wife, Lee (Mary Ure).