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The Prodigal (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 May 1955 (USA)
A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Joseph Breen (adaptation) (as Joe Breen Jr.), Samuel James Larsen (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Samarra
Edmund Purdom ... Micah
Louis Calhern ... Nahreeb
Audrey Dalton ... Ruth
James Mitchell ... Asham
Neville Brand ... Rhakim
Walter Hampden ... Eli
Taina Elg ... Elissa
Francis L. Sullivan ... Bosra
Joseph Wiseman ... Carmish
John Dehner ... Joram
Sandy Descher ... Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)
Cecil Kellaway ... Governor
Philip Tonge ... Barber-Surgeon
David Leonard ... Blind Man
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Storyline

A young Hebrew named Micah, unsatisfied with his father's rural life, demands his inheritance so he can try his luck in the city. Once in the city he falls under the spell of a beautiful pagan priestess who induces him to squander his money and betray his faith. Only after many trials and tribulations does Micah recover his senses and return home to his forgiving father. Written by dinky-4

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The story of Woman's Beauty and Man's Temptation! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le fils prodigue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,783,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Lana Turner in her autobiography: [on "The Prodigal"] The Prodigal Son they named Micah, and to play him, chose Edmund Purdom, a young man with a remarkably high opinion of himself. His pomposity was hard enough to bear; worse yet was the garlic breath he brought back from lunch. My lines were so stupid I hated to go to work in the morning. Even the costumes were atrocious. They were ornate concoctions dripping with heavy beads, and the material was so stiff that I felt I was wearing armor. "Well," I thought, "I may be trapped in this picture, but I'm going to make myself as sensuous, sexy, and gorgeous as possible." See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Edmund Purdom's character, Micah, writes a message on a wall, "Samarra, 1 piece of silver, Micah," but it's written in English, a language no one used in Damascus in 70 B.C. and wouldn't exist in written form for another few centuries. See more »

Quotes

Micah: [referring to his first sight of Samarra] Nahreeb, you said that everything has its price.
Nahreeb: She is not for a follower of Jehovah!
Micah: I mean to have her one way or the other!
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Referenced in The Story of a Dress (1964) See more »

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MGM's lavish,expensive potboiler bombs
28 October 2000 | by hans101067See all my reviews

From a technical point of view,this was a well-done picture.Sets,props,some of the costumes,camera work,etc.,are all quite impressive.That,however,is where the good stuff ends.The plot contains every cliche known to historical,biblical,and costume dramas,and the dialouge is stilted and banal.A fine cast of supporting actors provide characterizations that are stereotypic,at best.The leads don't even provide characterizations that don't even make it to one-dimensional;Purdom,a fine classically trained actor,is wooden,and Turner looks as though she would rather be somewhere else.(Her biographers state that they didn't get along at all,and this shows up onscreen.But isn't part of acting being able to provide the illusion of reality?).Calhern acts more like his crooked lawyer in "Asphalt Jungle"than a power-hungry relgious tyrant,and with his hat he looks like the Grand Wizard.The plot focuses on lust,cruelty,brutality,terrifying horrors of the ancient world,savagery,and bloodthirstiness.The most atrocious sequence focuses on the performance of a ritual human sacrifice that will outrage anyone with the moral fastidiousness of a Gila Monster.The best way to watch this piece of tripe is to get roaring drunk,and then make wisecracks,like on Mystery Science Theater 3000.


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