“In Brief” Sight & Sound Robert Newton acting review | “Androcles and the Lion” | 1953

Robert Newton Androcles and the Lion Gabriel Pascal

Robert Newton as Ferrovius in Androcles and the Lion, 1952.

Excerpt, regarding Newton’s performance:

The adaptation by Chester Erskine is quite faithful, though the first half hour is awkwardly constructed, but he gives it very pedestrian direction; mounted against an ugly theatrical reconstruction of Rome, the film itself can appeal only through the performances, most of which are competent, a few distinguished. Alan Young, a television comedian with a style something like Danny Kaye’s, makes an engaging figure of Androcles, and one’s only regret is that the director seems to encourage a genuine characterisation to make itself into a comic turn. Robert Newton’s Ferrovius, the wild CHristian warrior, has a bizarre quality which– partly, one feels, by natural accident– is effective.

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