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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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Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion  »

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$1,250,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Version of Androcles and the Lion (1967) 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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A Lion Named Tommy?
24 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

In reference to a previous comment, the Lion's name, Tommy, comes from the original text of Shaw's play at the end of Act II. Androcles also talks baby talk to the Lion while he is removing the thorn from his paw in the Prologue (or first scene) of the play. Also I think Victor Mature does a pretty good job as the Captain, although some might be put off by the clash of his accent and acting style with the rest of the mostly British cast. However, Mature's style is well suited to the no-nonsense, pragmatic officer trying desperately to save the patrician Lavinia from being sacrificed in the arena. He tells her to lie and recant her Christian beliefs if that is what it takes to save her life; then she can go home and believe whatever she wants. Mature's less polished acting style underscores his amoral pragmatism as well as his worldly desire for Lavinia. He is her temptation, her incentive the deny her faith. That she resists this demonstrates her dedication to her religion.


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