Chester Erskine

Androcles and the Lion

Androcles and the Lion

George Bernard Shaw’s breezy, delightful dramatization of this classic fable—about a Christian slave who pulls a thorn from a lion's paw and is spared from death in the Colosseum as a result of his kind act—was written as a meditation on modern Christian values. And Pascal’s final Shaw production plays it broadly, casting comic character actor Alan Young as the titular naïf. He’s ably supported by Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Robert Newton, and Elsa Lanchester.

Film Info

  • United Kingdom
  • 1952
  • 98 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

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Eclipse Series 20: George Bernard Shaw on Film

George Bernard Shaw on Film

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Androcles and the Lion
Victor Mature
Jean Simmons
Alan Young
Robert Newton
Maurice Evans
Elsa Lanchester
Chester Erskine
Based on the play by
George Bernard Shaw
Gabriel Pascal
Screen adaptation
Chester Erskine
Screen adaptation
Ken Englund
Harry Stradling
Production design
Harry Horner
Roland Gross
Frederick Hollander


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