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

  • Chester Erskine
  • 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
Cast
Victor Mature
Captain
Jean Simmons
Lavinina
Alan Young
Androcles
Robert Newton
Ferrovius
Maurice Evans
Caesar
Elsa Lanchester
Megaera
Credits
Director
Chester Erskine
Based on the play by
George Bernard Shaw
Producer
Gabriel Pascal
Screen adaptation
Chester Erskine
Screen adaptation
Ken Englund
Cinematography
Harry Stradling
Production design
Harry Horner
Editing
Roland Gross
Music
Frederick Hollander

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