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The Prodigal (1955)

| 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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Samarra
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Nahreeb
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Ruth
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Asham
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Rhakim
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Eli
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Elissa
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Bosra
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Carmish
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Joram
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Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)
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Governor
Philip Tonge ...
Barber-Surgeon
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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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The story of Woman's Beauty and Man's Temptation! See more »

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6 May 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le fils prodigue  »

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$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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This was Lana Turner's first movie in CinemaScope. See more »

Quotes

Micah: I would rather be a servant in my father's house than king in Damascus.
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Referenced in The Story of a Dress (1964) See more »

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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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