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The Prodigal (1955)

 -  Drama  -  6 May 1955 (USA)
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A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

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Samarra
Edmund Purdom ...
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Nahreeb
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Ruth
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Asham
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Rhakim
Walter Hampden ...
Eli
Taina Elg ...
Elissa
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Bosra
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Carmish
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Joram
Sandy Descher ...
Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)
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Governor
Philip Tonge ...
Barber-Surgeon
David Leonard ...
Blind Man
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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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6 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le fils prodigue  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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Jazz performer and arranger Melba Liston has an uncredited role as a servant woman. See more »

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Nahreeb: Damacus has dealt generously with you. Even your slave has a slave.
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How Much for Lana Turner?
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In 70 BC, the middle eastern seaport city of Joppa is bustling with business. A major disruption occurs when handsome Edmund Purdom (as Micah) saves runaway slave James Mitchell (as Asham) from nasty Neville Brand (as Rhakim). A mute, Mr. Mitchell is wounded and taken home to live with Mr. Purdom's family. They worship one God (Jehovah), according to the opening narration; they are Hebrew. Going against his religion, Purdom is smitten with high priestess Lana Turner (as Samarra). An uncommon blonde, she worships the pagan Baal, male God of the flesh...

Our protagonist and star decides to leave home and "have" (sex with) Ms. Turner. Purdom takes Mitchell and relocates to Damascus. Turner's likewise aroused, but requires a payment of pearls, as is customary for Baal. Meanwhile, high priest Louis Calhern (as Nahreeb), the previous owner of Mitchell, desires revenge. Turner does little to justify her star billing. This is an adaptation of "The Prodigal Son" story from The New Testament, Luke 15: 11-32, which is mentioned in the introduction. It's only an average story, but competently produced and expensive looking.

***** The Prodigal (2/27/55) Richard Thorpe ~ Edmund Purdom, Lana Turner, James Mitchell, Louis Calhern


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