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Androcles and the Lion (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 9 January 1953 (USA)
Story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.

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Androcles is a Christian who follows that religion's teachings even as they apply to the treatment of animals. Seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are evenutally arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions. Is it too much to hope that one of the lions may have a paw that has healed recently and might remember who helped heal it? Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Barbaric Revalry to fire the senses of the world...in the story of history's most sin-swept era! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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1.37 : 1
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Harpo Marx was considered for the part of Androcles at one time. This would have been the first and only speaking role of Marx's career. See more »

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The Christians sing "Onward, Christian Soldiers" - a hymn published in 1871. See more »

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Features The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) See more »

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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould
sung by the marching Christian martyrs
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This film made me consider atheism! It was THAT terrible.
25 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I assume back in his day, the Brits thought that George Bernard Shaw was incredibly brilliant and droll for concocting the play "Androcles and the Lion". However, despite Shaw being held in great esteem today as then, I couldn't believe how awful this film was. Perhaps the translation to the big screen was at fault--perhaps Shaw himself just didn't age well with this story. All I know is that I hated everything about this horrible story of the early Christians. Heck, it was so bad, I assume the film did much to encourage the cause of atheism the world over. Yes, it was THAT bad.

When the film begins, you know you are in trouble for two reasons. First, the background paintings are incredibly fake looking and the studio seemed to do nothing to make them look better. Second, and a far more serious problem, is the god-awful dialog. Again and again, the dialog between Alan Young and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, made me cringe--and it was clearly SUPPOSED to be funny. Unfortunately, this same problem continued throughout the film--with horribly corny humor and incredibly anachronistic and stupid dialog uttered by everyone. It was painful it was so bad.

The bottom line is that although I hate stilted Biblical costume dramas (such as "David and Bathsheba"), I learned tonight that I hate comedic Biblical costume dramas even more. The film has wasted the talents of everyone associated with it and the likes of John Hoyt, Victor Mature and Jean Simmons clearly were given third-rate material. As for Young, he was right in his element. Avoid unless you are a masochist.


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