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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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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
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Bosra
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Carmish
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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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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

Ava Gardner and Vittorio Gassman were originally cast as Edmund Purdom's co-stars. See more »

Quotes

Samarra: The women in the wheel are the pick of the market. Did you not notice how superb were the haunches of the Grecian woman and how the lips of the Egyptian parted when she looked at any man?
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Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

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A disappointing spectacle
24 June 2008 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

A sadly boring spectacle of a biblical film, even though almost all the production values are of a high quality (except that special effect vulture). The script and direction of are simply too bland for the story, but more importantly we simply do not care about the character, and most of them are rather unsympathetic. The one redeeming performance is that of Frances L. Sullivan - and this was his last film. He deliciously adds something to each of the scenes he is in, whereas Edmund Purdom gives little throughout the film. Lana Turner is beautiful, but not sensual and her character seems too undefined to be really intriguing -that is until her demise. It is interesting to see a film such as this, where no expense has been spared, with great MGM art direction and costume design, intriguing choreography and movement, the then novel CinemaScope cinematography, and realizing fairly quickly that is simply does not hold. The above mentioned factors prevent it from being utterly boring, but my overall reaction is one of disappointment.


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