The absorbing 1960 film that has Burt Lancaster playing a fire and brimstone street preacher in a hypocritical traveling ministry is "Elmer Gantry". This film is an American drama about a pure con man. Together with a female evangelist, they are selling religion to small-town America. Director Richard Brooks adapted this film from a 1927 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis. It was produced by Bernard Smith and public distribution was done by United Artists Corporation (UA). The key stars are Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones, and Patti Page.

The film's main plot starts when hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons). She is a roadside revivalist. Gantry feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

"Elmer Gantry" was a great success and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards in 1961, including Best Picture and Best Score. It won Best Actor for Lancaster, Best Supporting Actress for Jones, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Jean Simmons was nominated for the best actress Golden Globe award.

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