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Elmer Gantry [DVD] [1960]

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Overview

Special Features

  • On camera interview with actress Shirley Jones
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis

Elmer Gantry
Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster), a drunken, dishonest street preacher allegedly patterned on Billy Sunday, wrangles a job with the travelling tent ministry conducted by Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons). Thanks to Gantry's enthusiastic hellfire-and-brimstone sermons, Sister Sharon's operation rises to fame and fortune, enough so that Sharon realizes her dream of building her own enormous tabernacle. These ambitions are put in jeopardy when a prostitute (Oscar-winning Shirley Jones), a former minister's daughter who'd been deflowered by Gantry years earlier, lures Gantry into a compromising situation and has photographs taken. It took several years for any Hollywood studio to take a chance with Sinclair Lewis' novel, and when it finally did arrive on the screen, producer/director Richard Brooks was compelled to downplay some of the more "sacrilegious" passages in the original. Also appearing in Elmer Gantry are Arthur Kennedy as an H.L. Mencken-style atheistic journalist, and Edward Andrews as George Babbitt, a character borrowed from another Sinclair Lewis novel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Burt Lancaster
    Burt Lancaster - Elmer Gantry
  • Jean Simmons
    Jean Simmons - Sister Sharon Falconer
  • Dean Jagger
    Dean Jagger - William L. Morgan
  • Arthur Kennedy
    Arthur Kennedy - Jim Lefferts
  • Shirley Jones
    Shirley Jones - Lulu Bains

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