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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Release Date:

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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2.55 : 1
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Quotes

Carmish: You're a stranger in Damascus. I can tell by your beard. And what each stranger hungers to see first is the Tinted Wall. Only a stone's throw away, the Tinted Wall! Let Carmish take you, for as Carmish is known to say, grab hold of the day - who knows if the night will ever come?
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lackluster mini-epic
19 November 2004 | by (Tucson,Az) – See all my reviews

Lana Turner always shown in strong contemporary dramas but for some reason was cast in this silly bible epic. She hated the whole thing and snipped pieces of her costumes off to be more revealing. Posters and publicity pictures had to paint on veils. After his brief shot at stardom in The Eqyptian,replacing Marlon Brando,Edmund Purdom was given another chance to see if he had star quality. He didn't, A competent enough player but obviously no Brando. It's OK if u watch epics for the sets and costumes but beware the overripe dialogue and tedious but efficient direction of Richard Thorpe. Thorpe's main claim to fame was he was replaced as director on the Wizard of Oz for lack of originality. He also helmed a lot of Esther Williams' swim pics. She dismissed him as a studio hack and tried unsuccessfully to have him replaced. Still,Lana looks great,manages to infuse what life she could into the proceedings,


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