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)
|Best Actor||Burt Lancaster||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Shirley Jones||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Andre Previn||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Bernard Smith, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Richard Brooks||Won|
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Elmer Gantry: I was accosted by three painted women. Your streets are made unsafe by shameless, diseased hussies, rapacious pick-pockets, and insidious opium-smokers.
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.
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Among the writers Gantry condemns in one of his sermons is Sinclair Lewis, the author of the book the film is based on.
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.
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