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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.

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Asham
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Rhakim
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Eli
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Elissa
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Bosra
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Joram
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Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)
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Governor
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Barber-Surgeon
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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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6 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le fils prodigue  »

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Budget:

$2,783,000 (estimated)
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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Studio boss Dore Schary later remarked that his had been the worst film he had ever made while head of MGM. See more »

Quotes

Micah: [Referring to Ruth] If she did come, I would tell her that what cannot be forgotten can sometimes be forgiven.
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Referenced in The Story of a Dress (1964) See more »

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Observations on the Cast
27 October 2002 | by (Parma Heights,Ohio,U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There isn't a whole lot to add that hasn't already been said previously.The film does drag,the plot is labored,and,for all of the spectacle,most of the cast look as though they would rather be doing something else.I have to disagree,very slightly,with one observation made by the most recent reviewer.Purdom's Micah,is,of course,a fool,a dupe,an ingrate,and a chump of the first order.My thought is,why did they have someone of his age playing the character?He appears to be playing a character of his own chronological age.And,any 30-year old man who is taken to the cleaners the way Micah is,has left himself wide open for this kind of exploitation.It might have made more sense(and a more believable film)if Micah had been played by a late-adolescent,who had never been away from home before,rather than a mature traveler and merchant.Take this for whatever it happens to be worth.


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