Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry

Director: Richard Brooks Cast: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
UPC: 0738329139520
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:26:00
Sales rank: 6,515

Special Features

On camera interview with actress Shirley Jones Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Elmer Gantry
Jean Simmons Sister Sharon Falconer
Dean Jagger William L. Morgan
Arthur Kennedy Jim Lefferts
Shirley Jones Lulu Bains
Edward Andrews George Babbitt
Patti Page Sister Rachel
John McIntire Rev. Pengilly
Joe Maross Pete
Everett Glass Rev. Brown
Michael Whalen Rev. Phillips
Hugh Marlowe Rev. Garrison
Philip Ober Rev. Planck
Wendell Holmes Rev. Ulrick
Rex Ingram Preacher
Sally Fraser Prostitute
Barry Kelley Capt. Holt
Dayton Lummis Actor
Milton Parsons Revivalist
John Qualen Storekeeper Sam
Max Showalter Deaf Man
Jean Willes Prostitute

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Screenwriter
John Alton Cinematographer
William F. Calvert Set Decoration/Design
Edward Carrere Art Director
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Gilbert Kurland Production Manager
Harry Maret Makeup
Harry D. Mills Sound/Sound Designer
André Previn Score Composer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Bernard Smith Producer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elmer Gantry
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [14:51]
3. Chapter 3 [17:52]
4. Chapter 4 [25:02]
5. Chapter 5 [15:13]
6. Chapter 6 [14:59]
7. Chapter 7 [23:47]
8. Chapter 8 [14:33]
9. Chapter 9 [20:15]

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Elmer Gantry 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can be sure, Elmer Gantry is technically a sinner. He lies, drunks and perverts women, as any bad man, but I think what makes him a sinner is he has chosen a particular activity for deceiving people: religion, this is any class of religion more or less related with Christianity, because these little details doesn¿t worry to Gantry. However, a detail saves him: he defrauds people, but these people wants to be defrauded. He also gives false hopes and illusions, but at last, although false, these are hope and illusions and there¿s no much of that in life. Summing up, Elmer Gantry, who has true fire in his tongue, in some sense doesn¿t deceive anyone who doesn¿t want to be deceived and never without defrauding himself, because Gantry is a liar, but he loves people he lies, and for that I think there¿s a place for him in Heaven. Perhaps only a dark place, but I can¿t condemn Elmer Gantry, simply let God judge him.
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