History Literature / ElmerGantry

12th Jun '16 5:12:35 AM Aquila89
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* TheCasanova: In book and film, Elmer really has an eye for the ladies. He's able to give up drinking and smoking, but not women. After a while, he always gets bored with his partner and seeks a new one, even though it always gets him into trouble.

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* TheCasanova: In book and film, Elmer really has an eye for the ladies. He's able to give up drinking and smoking, but not women. After a while, he always gets bored with his partner and seeks a new one, even though it always gets him into in trouble.
4th Apr '16 10:53:11 PM MasoTey
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* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2: The novel hints at an [[UnbuiltTrope unbuilt]] version: Elmer's alma mater, Terwillinger College, is a heavily religious football school which adheres to the ''in loco parentis'' model, so it doesn't quite resemble either a high school ''or'' a modern college -- but the narration mentions that it has "a standard of scholarship equal to the best high-schools."



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30th Jan '16 8:37:02 PM Tdarcos
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarnmed: Because Sinclair Lewis received so much flak from the residents of the actual city of Sauk Centre, Minnesota who didn't like their town's presentation in his earlier book ''Main Street'', Lewis sets the story in the fictional city of Zenith, Winnemac for this and all works he wrote after ''Main Street''.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarnmed: NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Because Sinclair Lewis received so much flak from the residents of the actual city of Sauk Centre, Minnesota who didn't like their town's presentation in his earlier book ''Main Street'', Lewis sets the story in the fictional city of Zenith, Winnemac for this and all works he wrote after ''Main Street''.
30th Jan '16 8:33:22 PM Tdarcos
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarnmed: Because Sinclair Lewis received so much flak from the residents of the actual city of Sauk Centre, Minnesota who didn't like their town's presentation in his earlier book ''Main Street'', Lewis sets the story in the fictional city of Zenith, Winnemac for this and all works he wrote after ''Main Street''.
2nd Dec '15 4:39:14 AM Mdumas43073
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A novel written by Creator/SinclairLewis and published in 1927, '''''Elmer Gantry''''' was brought to the screen by Director and Writer Richard Brooks in 1960. The title role was played by Creator/BurtLancaster, who won an Oscar along with co-star Shirley Jones and Brooks' screenplay.

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A novel written by Creator/SinclairLewis and published in 1927, '''''Elmer Gantry''''' was brought to the screen by Director director and Writer writer Richard Brooks in 1960. The title role was played by Creator/BurtLancaster, who won an Oscar along with co-star Shirley Jones and Brooks' screenplay.
2nd Dec '15 4:37:58 AM Mdumas43073
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A novel written by Creator/SinclairLewis and published in 1927, ''Elmer Gantry'' was brought to the screen by Director and Writer Richard Brooks in 1960. The title role was played by Creator/BurtLancaster, who won an Oscar along with co-star Shirley Jones and Brooks' screenplay.

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A novel written by Creator/SinclairLewis and published in 1927, ''Elmer Gantry'' '''''Elmer Gantry''''' was brought to the screen by Director and Writer Richard Brooks in 1960. The title role was played by Creator/BurtLancaster, who won an Oscar along with co-star Shirley Jones and Brooks' screenplay.
11th Sep '15 2:45:31 PM gallium
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* TheArtifact: The scene in the film where Elmer badgers Lefferts the reporter into admitting that he doesn't accept the divinity of Christ is taken from a scene in the novel where Elmer does the same with a rival minister. This explains to some degree the rather odd tone in the scene in the movie, where Lefferts' denial of Christ is inexplicably treated as a shocking moment. In the book, it ''is'' a shocking moment, as the person denying Christ is a minister.



* PragmaticAdaptation:
** The movie adapts less than 100 pages of the novel and makes several changes to the story. Lefferts, Elmer's cynical college roommate in the novel, is changed to a cynical reporter. In the book, Elmer is actually an ordained Baptist minister, while in the movie he's a traveling salesman on the edge of vagrancy who seizes on the opportunity to join Sister Sharon's entourage.
** The scene in the film where Elmer badgers Lefferts the reporter into admitting that he doesn't accept the divinity of Christ is taken from a scene in the novel where Elmer does the same with a rival minister. This explains to some degree the rather odd tone in the scene in the movie, where Lefferts' denial of Christ is inexplicably treated as a shocking moment. In the book, it ''is'' a shocking moment, as the person denying Christ is a minister.

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* PragmaticAdaptation:
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PragmaticAdaptation: The movie adapts less than 100 pages of the novel and makes several changes to the story. Lefferts, Elmer's cynical college roommate in the novel, is changed to a cynical reporter. In the book, Elmer is actually an ordained Baptist minister, while in the movie he's a traveling salesman on the edge of vagrancy who seizes on the opportunity to join Sister Sharon's entourage.
** The scene in the film where Elmer badgers Lefferts the reporter into admitting that he doesn't accept the divinity of Christ is taken from a scene in the novel where Elmer does the same with a rival minister. This explains to some degree the rather odd tone in the scene in the movie, where Lefferts' denial of Christ is inexplicably treated as a shocking moment. In the book, it ''is'' a shocking moment, as the person denying Christ is a minister.
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7th May '15 4:58:20 PM Fireblood
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* HollywoodAtheist: Averted in Lefferts. He's cynical and brusque, and seems to exist only to mock Gantry and his fellow believers...but once Gantry is disgraced, he's the one man to be fair and decent to him.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Averted {{Averted}} in Lefferts. He's cynical and brusque, and seems to exist only to mock Gantry and his fellow believers...but once Gantry is disgraced, he's the one man to be fair and decent to him.



* JesusWasWayCool: Discussed. One of the supporting characters is Frank Shallard, a preacher who loses his faith entirely over the course of the novel. He has arguments with a fellow preacher Phil [=McGarry=], who doesn't believe in church doctrine either, but thinks that the point of the church is to interpret "the unique personality and teachings of Jesus Christ". Frank counters that he thinks Jesus wasn't so great: he's vain and praises himself, he throws tantrums when people don't recognize him as a great leader, his teachings are self-contradictory and one could never build a functioning society on them.

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* JesusWasWayCool: Discussed.{{Discussed}}. One of the supporting characters is Frank Shallard, a preacher who loses his faith entirely over the course of the novel. He has arguments with a fellow preacher Phil [=McGarry=], who doesn't believe in church doctrine either, but thinks that the point of the church is to interpret "the unique personality and teachings of Jesus Christ". Frank counters that he thinks Jesus wasn't really so great: he's vain and praises himself, he throws tantrums when people don't recognize him as a great leader, his teachings are self-contradictory self-contradictory, and one could never build a functioning society on them.



* RunningGag: When Elmer first has to give a sermon, he can't think of anything to say. He ends up building it around some platitudes about love which he actually stole from the famous agnostic and anti-religous writer Robert G. Ingersoll. The speech is such a success that Elmer keeps repeating the platitudes over the course of the novel.

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* RunningGag: When Elmer first has to give a sermon, he can't think of anything to say. He ends up building it around some platitudes about love which he actually ironically stole from the famous agnostic and anti-religous anti-religious writer Robert G. Ingersoll. The speech is such a success that Elmer keeps repeating the platitudes over the course of the novel.
7th May '15 10:32:07 AM Alberich
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* HollywoodAtheist: Averted in Lefferts. He's cynical and brusque, and seems to exist only to mock Gantry and his fellow believers...but once Gantry is disgraced, he's the one man to be fair and decent to him.
21st Mar '15 3:00:45 AM Aquila89
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* JesusWayWayCool: Discussed. One of the supporting characters is Frank Shallard, a preacher who loses his faith entirely over the course of the novel. He has arguments with a fellow preacher Phil [=McGarry=], who doesn't believe in church doctrine either, but thinks that the point of the church is to interpret "the unique personality and teachings of Jesus Christ". Frank counters that he thinks Jesus wasn't so great: he's vain and praises himself, he throws tantrums when people don't recognize him as a great leader, his teachings are self-contradictory and one could never build a functioning society on them.

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* JesusWayWayCool: JesusWasWayCool: Discussed. One of the supporting characters is Frank Shallard, a preacher who loses his faith entirely over the course of the novel. He has arguments with a fellow preacher Phil [=McGarry=], who doesn't believe in church doctrine either, but thinks that the point of the church is to interpret "the unique personality and teachings of Jesus Christ". Frank counters that he thinks Jesus wasn't so great: he's vain and praises himself, he throws tantrums when people don't recognize him as a great leader, his teachings are self-contradictory and one could never build a functioning society on them.
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