Elmer Gantry Overview:

Elmer Gantry (1960) was a Drama Film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Bernard Smith.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Sinclair Lewis published in 1927.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorBurt LancasterWon
Best Supporting ActressShirley JonesWon
Best Music - ScoringAndre PrevinNominated
Best PictureBernard Smith, ProducerNominated
Best WritingRichard BrooksWon
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Jim Lefferts: You look like a man who could use a drink.
Elmer Gantry: You know somethin', Jim? There oughta be a law against drinkin'.
Jim Lefferts: There is. Prohibition.
Elmer Gantry: That's against sellin', not drinkin'.
Jim Lefferts: Amen.


Elmer Gantry: Sin, sin, sin! You're all sinners! You're all doomed to perdition!


Sister Sharon Falconer: But tonight is a thousand years away.


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Because of the success of the novel, it was adapted by Patrick Kearney into a play, which opened in New York City on 7 August 1928 and closed in September 1928 after 48 performances. The title role was played by Edward Pawley and Sharon Falconer was played by Vera Allen.
For the film's debut on US network television, the subplot featuring Shirley Jones in her Oscar-winning role as a prostitute was largely excised. This was because Jones was then the star of the hugely successful and very wholesome The Partridge Family.
A highly controversial novel in its day, no studio initially wanted to finance the film.
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