When I was a kid, a new movie starring Burt Lancaster was a good enough reason for Mom and Dad to decide the family was going to a Saturday night movie at the drive-in. I don't think they even cared what the film was about or what the film's reviews were. If Burt Lancaster was in it, that was all they needed to know. Mom would make sandwiches and other snacks for us to take in the car. My little sister and I would have to put our pajamas on underneath our street clothes to make getting ready for bed a lot easier and faster when we all got home late. Burt Lancaster truly did look larger than life to me when I sat in the back seat of our family car and watched him fill the screen as the salesman-turned-evangelist named Elmer Gantry. This film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel was a perfect fit for Lancaster. He believed that entertainment could also enlighten and educate. This movie was social commentary. Highly entertaining, well-acted social commentary. Gantry loved hard liquor and loose women. Now he gets folks to empty their pockets as he preaches with a Bible in his hand.