This Tuesday night, I attended a special screening for Turner Classic Movies’ “Road to Hollywood” programming at the Olympia Theater in Miami. While the TCM television channel is dedicated to showing classic films 24 hours a day with no commercials, this short tour features a few standout classics in 10 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Each screening shows the feature film and a short interview between the hosts—Robert Osborne, Leonard Maltin and Ben Mankiewicz—and stars or directors from the film. The film shown in Miami was none other than the Academy Award winning film, “Elmer Gantry,” with special guest Shirley Jones who won an Oscar for her supporting role in the film.
While many people may not have heard of “Elmer Gantry,” it was quite the controversial picture at the time of its release in 1960. Winner of three Academy Awards for acting and writing and nominee for Best Picture, “Elmer Gantry” brings many surprises in its handling of subjects like prostitution and religious corruption in a time period where censorship ruled the nation.
Sex, Lies, Singing, and God: “Elmer Gantry” Has It All