(1960) Elmer Gantry Movie Trailer

Posted: May 14, 2012

(1960) Elmer Gantry Movie Trailer
Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis and stars Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons. Lancaster won an Academy Award for his performance, as did co-star Shirley Jones. The movie presents fewer than 100 pages of the novel, deleting many characters and fundamentally changing the character and actions of female evangelist Sharon Falconer, played by Simmons. The story's use of a female evangelist bears a resemblance to true-life Sister Aimee Semple McPherson.
Cast Burt Lancaster as Elmer Gantry Jean Simmons as Sharon Falconer Arthur Kennedy as Jim Lefferts Dean Jagger as William L. Morgan Shirley Jones as Lulu Bains Patti Page as Sister Rachel Edward Andrews as George F. Babbitt John McIntire as Rev. John Pengilly Hugh Marlowe as Rev. Philip Garrison Joe Maross as Pete Dayton Lummis as Eddington, newspaper publisher Harry Antrim as salesman in a speakeasy Barbara Luna as a prostitute (un-credited)