Elmer Gantry (1960)
|Top Topics||Alcohol, Book-Based|
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.
Fine adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel about a charismatic ex-football player who becomes an evangelist, plagiarizing speeches to promote himself above all else as he successfully exploits the folks of America's Corn Belt during the '20s.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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: [repeated] Love is the morning and the evening star.
Elmer Gantry: Sin, sin, sin! You're all sinners! You're all doomed to perdition!
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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.
Pat Hingle landed the title role, but before filming began, he became caught in a stalled elevator in his apartment building. He lost his balance while trying to crawl out and fell 54 feet down the shaft. He sustained massive injuries, including a fractured skull, wrist, hip and leg, and several broken ribs. He also lost his little finger on his left hand. Hingle spent much of the next year relearning how to walk and was forced to give up the part in order to recover from his horrific injuries.
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