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The Prodigal (1931)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance  -  21 February 1931 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Jeffrey Farraday
Antonia Farraday
Doc aka Somerset Greenman
Snipe, a Tramp
Purnell Pratt ...
Rodman Farraday
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Farraday
Stepin Fetchit ...
Louis John Bartels ...
Theodore von Eltz ...
Carter Jerome
Wally Albright ...
Susanne Ransom ...
Gertrude Howard ...
John Larkin ...


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Release Date:

21 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Southerner  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Pals First (1918) See more »


Life Is a Dream
Written by Oscar Straus & Arthur Freed
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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