Androcles and the Lion (film)

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Androcles and the Lion
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DVD cover
Directed by Chester Erskine
Nicholas Ray (uncredited)
Produced by Gabriel Pascal
Written by George Bernard Shaw
Ken Englund
Chester Erskine
Starring Jean Simmons
Victor Mature
Alan Young
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by Roland Gross
Distributed by RKO
Release date(s)
  • October 30, 1952 (1952-10-30) (Premiere-Los Angeles)[1]
  • January 9, 1953 (1953-01-09) (US)[1]
Running time 98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Androcles and the Lion is a 1952 RKO film produced by Gabriel Pascal from the George Bernard Shaw play.

This was Pascal's last film, made two years after the death of Shaw, his long-standing friend and mentor, and two years before Pascal's own death.[2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Androcles is a fugitive Christian tailor who is on the run from his Roman persecutors. While hiding in the forest he comes upon a wild lion who, instead of attacking the weak and starving slave, approaches him with a wounded paw, which he holds out to Androcles as if to beg his assistance. Androcles sees that the source of the lion's agony is a large thorn embedded in the paw; the slave courageously pulls it out. The lion is greatly relieved but Androcles is arrested and joins a procession of Christian prisoners on their way to the Colosseum in Rome. Eventually he is placed in the arena and the lion is released upon him. It turns out to be none other than the lion which Androcles had helped, and the two embrace each other and begin dancing in front of thousands of aghast people and an astonished Roman Emperor. The Emperor orders an end to the persecution of Christians and allows Androcles and his lion friend "Tommy" to depart in peace.


Note that the opening sequence of the film places it during the time of Emperor Antoninus, but the character is only addressed as "Caesar" during the film.


  1. ^ a b "Androcles and the Lion: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Androcles and the Lion(1952)". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Androcles and the Lion (1952)". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Movie Review - Androcles and the Lion". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Androcles and the Lion (1952) - Critics' Reviews". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Shaw Society Double Bill Screening: Androcles and the Lion (1952) ...". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Williams, Richard. "Androcles and the Lion". Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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