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The Prodigal (1931)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance  -  21 February 1931 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Jeffrey Farraday
Esther Ralston ...
Antonia Farraday
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Doc aka Somerset Greenman
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Snipe, a Tramp
Purnell Pratt ...
Rodman Farraday
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Christine
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Farraday
Stepin Fetchit ...
Hokey
Louis John Bartels ...
George
Theodore von Eltz ...
Carter Jerome
Wally Albright ...
Peter
Susanne Ransom ...
Elsbeth
Gertrude Howard ...
Naomi
John Larkin ...
Jackson
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Musical | Romance

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21 February 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Connections

Remake of Pals First (1918) See more »

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Without a Song
Written by Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu & Billy Rose
Performed by Lawrence Tibbett
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Just as New Moon was my favourite Lawrence Tibbett film, The Prodigal was my least favourite
16 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Prodigal isn't necessarily a bad film, and it is interesting in that it portrays adultery in a non-judgemental light, but it isn't good either. The production values are quite nice, the music is absolutely wonderful, Roland Young is nicely droll and Lawrence Tibbett with his charisma and big voice is a likable lead. However, Esther Ralston shows no chemistry with Tibbett and for me this is the only Lawrence Tibbett film where neither the comedy or romantic elements quite work, the comedy being unfunny excepting Young's drollness and the romance underdeveloped and syrupy. The story is also very creaky, the characters are stock and uninteresting and the film is too short and unevenly paced. I didn't like the representation of the plantation workers either, it was stereotyped and verged on racially offensive. Overall, interesting curiosity but not a treasure. Worth seeing for the music, the subject and Tibbett if not much else. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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