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Androcles and the Lion

Director:  Chester Erskine & Nicholas Ray
Year Released:  1952
Rating:  1.5

Infantile film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "comical" play is a bland endorsement of Christianity. Main dolt Androcles (an effeminate and annoying Alan Young), whipped by wife Elsa Lanchester, manages to help out a wounded lion with a thorn in its paw; this good karma helps out later when the same lion is sent by Julius Caesar to devour him. The fable - originally by Aesop - always seemed much better suited for animation, though the sight of Young and a stuffed lion dancing in the middle of the Colosseum is so stupid it's endearing.

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