George Bernard Shaw’s breezy, delightful dramatization of this classic fable—about a Christian slave who pulls a thorn from a lion’s paw and is spared from death in the Colosseum as a result of his kind act—was written as a meditation on modern Christian values. Pascal’s final Shaw production is played broadly, with comic character actor Alan Young as the titular naïf. He’s ably supported by Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Robert Newton, and Elsa Lanchester.
Director: Chester Erskine, Nicholas Ray
Cast: Alan Mowbray, Alan Young, Elsa Lanchester, Gene Lockhart, Jean Simmons, Maurice Evans, Noel Willman, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Newton, Victor Mature