Androcles and the Lion (1952)

black and white
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Chester Erskine and an uncredited Nicholas Ray.

Plot Summary

Androcles, a Christian tailor, befriends a lion when he removes a thorn from his paw. Their friendship may save Androcles' life when he and his friend are captured by the and sent to the Colosseum.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Chester Erskine; Nicholas Ray *
© MCMLII RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
An RKO Radio picture. Gabriel Pascal presents
Produced by: Gabriel Pascal
Associate Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil
Screen Adaptation by: Chester Erskine and Ken Englund
Play: George Bernard Shaw (credited in possessive before title)
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
Film Editor: Roland Gross
Music by: Frederick Hollander
Musical Director: C. Bakaleinikoff
Sound by: John Cass, Clem Portman
RCA Sound System
Costumes by: Emile Santiago
Makeup Artist: Mel Berns
Hair Stylist: Larry Germain
Special Photographic Effects: Linwood Dunn
Production Designed by: Harry Horner
Art Directors: Albert S. D'Agostino, Charles F. Pyke
Set Decorators: Darrell Silvera, Al Orenbach
Technical Advisor: Aldo Thomassini-Barbarossa

Jean Simmons (Lavinia)
Victor Mature (Captain)
Robert Newton (Ferrovius)
Maurice Evans (Caesar)
Alan Young as “Androcles”
Elsa Lanchester (Megaera)
Reginald Gardiner (Lentulus)
Gene Lockhart (menagerie keeper)
Alan Mowbray (leader of the )
Noel Willman (Spintho)
John Hoyt (Cato)
Jim Backus (Centurion)
Lowell Gilmore (Metellius)
Woody Strode [the lion – uncredited]
Shep Houghton, Richard Reeves [gladiators – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Androcles och lejonet – Sweden
Androcles y el león – Spain
Androclo e il leone – Italy
Androkles ja leijona – Finland
Androkles und der Löwe – Germany



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4