Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Elmer Gantry: I was accosted by three painted women. Your streets are made unsafe by shameless, diseased hussies, rapacious pick-pockets, and insidious opium-smokers.

Lulu Bains: Oh, he gave me special instructions back of the pulpit Christmas Eve. He got to howlin' "Repent! Repent!" and I got to moanin' "Save me! Save me!" and the first thing I know he rammed the fear of God into me so fast I never heard my old man's footsteps.

Clean-up man: Mister, I've been converted five times. Billy Sunday, Reverend Biederwolf, Gypsy Smith, and twice by Sister Falconer. I get terrible drunk, and then I get good and saved. Both of them done me a powerful lot of good - gettin' drunk and gettin' saved. Well, good night.

Elmer Gantry: I have here in my pocket - and thank heaven you can't see them - lewd, dirty, obscene, and I'm ashamed to say this: French postcards. They were sold to me in front of your own innocent high school by a man with a black beard... a foreigner.

Lady in red on Christmas Eve: That's the trouble with this stinking world. Nobody loves nobody.

Continuity mistake: At the end, there is a scene in a burning church. A lady runs by Elmer in a blue jacket, and her jacket is on fire. Elmer pulls the burning jacket off her, and beats out the flames. If you follow closely, you see Elmer grab the lady's shoulders, then you see Elmer holding a blue jacket in flames, while the lady is still standing behind him with a blue jacket on. This second blue jacket disappears, and the lady runs off with no jacket. (02:20:10)

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