“Elmer Gantry is an all American boy! He’s interested in money, sex…and religion.”
Burt Lancaster was nominated four times for a Leading Actor Oscar (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry, Birdman of Alcatraz and Atlantic City), but only pulled down a win once for Elmer Gantry, screening tonight and tomorrow at the Trylon. Based on the novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry tells the story of a slick con man, played by Lancaster, and a pious agent of God, played by Jean Simmons, who team up for a hard-to-beat religious roadshow. Lancaster uses his charisma to create award-winning appeal as the fiery preacher, but his past is about to catch up with him in the form of a woman scorned!