Highly controversial for its cynical portrayal of organized religion as something of a con game (how little things have changed over the decades), Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel pits Sister Falconer’s steadfast faith against Gantry’s opportunistic blustering while an atheist newspaper reporter covering her ministry serves as a referee of sorts. What happens when the good Sister begins to question her convictions and the former salesman begins to believe his own sermons makes for one helluva show culminating in an apocalyptic finale which will have believers pondering deep thoughts and everyone else smirking over the pile of ironies.

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