Androcles and the Lion (1953)
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Critic Reviews for Androcles and the Lion
Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy on Romans and Christians provides the basis for a fair film offering. Picture is a curious mixture of basic comedy and Shavian wit.
The intellectual content of the drama suffers from staging that is dull; the fantasy and drollery of it seem curiously clumsy and slow.
Bernard Shaw's irreverent views on Christianity, so brilliantly expounded in that exceptionally poor play of his, Androcles and the Lion, have, in Gabriel Pascal's even poorer adaptation, lost a deal of their original sharpness.
The imported British supporting cast, including Robert Newton, behave like fish out of water under Chester Erskine's shambolic direction.
Audience Reviews for Androcles and the Lion
The production design and direction are unimaginative but this is loaded with wonderful performances from both the American actors as well as the great cast of English thespians who have a wonderful time with Shaw's witty dialogue.
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