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Writers:
Joseph Breen (adaptation) and
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Release Date:
6 May 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Actor Purdom Dies
 (From WENN. 3 January 2009, 5:54 AM, PST)

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The best showcase ever equipped for Turner excellent figure... See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lana Turner ... Samarra
Edmund Purdom ... Micah

Louis Calhern ... Nahreeb

Audrey Dalton ... Ruth

James Mitchell ... Asham

Neville Brand ... Rhakim
Walter Hampden ... Eli
Taina Elg ... Elissa
Francis L. Sullivan ... Bosra

Joseph Wiseman ... Carmish

John Dehner ... Joram
Sandy Descher ... Yasmin (as Sandra Descher)

Cecil Kellaway ... Governor
Philip Tonge ... Barber-Surgeon
David Leonard ... Blind Man

Henry Daniell ... Ramadi
Paul Cavanagh ... Tobiah
Dayton Lummis ... Caleb
Tracey Roberts ... Tahra
Jarma Lewis ... Uba
Jay Novello ... Merchant

Dorothy Adams ... Carpenter's Wife
Peter DeBear ... Carpenter's Son
Phyllis Graffeo ... Miriam
Patricia Iannone ... Deborah
Eugene Mazzola ... David
George Sawaya ... Kavak
Richard Devon ... Risafe
Ann Cameron ... Lahla
Gloria Dea ... Faradine
John Rosser ... Lirhan
Charles Wagenheim ... Zubeir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Bond ... Crier (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Woman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Townsman (uncredited)
Zev Bufman ... Worshipper (uncredited)
Larry Chance ... Bit Role (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Guard (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Barber (uncredited)
Willa Pearl Curtis ... Nubian Woman (uncredited)
Joanna Dale ... Bunny (uncredited)
John Damler ... Jailer (uncredited)
Linda Danson ... Owl (uncredited)
Mary Dean ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Patricia Denise ... Chicken (uncredited)
Jo Gilbert ... Mother (uncredited)
Diane Gump ... Fox (uncredited)

Allison Hayes ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Chester Hayes ... Opponent (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Salkhad (uncredited)
Patricia Jackson ... Lion (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Murderer (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Scribe (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Purveyor (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Guard (uncredited)
Melba Liston ... Female Servant (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Harun (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Lame Man (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Guard (uncredited)
Lucille Maracini ... Ram (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Tailor (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Servant (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Beggar (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Forerunner (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Mother (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Beggar (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Bit Role (uncredited)
William Reeves ... Background Singer (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Nahreeb's Scribe (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Chieftain (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Human Sacrifice (uncredited)

George Selk ... Citizen (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Woman Buying Grain (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Slave (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Beggar (uncredited)
Gloria Stone ... Mouse (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ... Abu (uncredited)
Joe Waring ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lila Zali ... Monkey (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Breen (adaptation from the Bible story) (as Joe Breen Jr.) and
Samuel James Larsen (adaptation from the Bible story)

Maurice Zimm 

Produced by
Charles Schnee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
William Dorfman .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Stunts
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Chester Hayes .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Louis Tomei .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
John Caper Jr. .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
André Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alex Romero .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
112 min (TCM print)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
Lana Turner in her autobiography: [on "The Prodigal"] The Prodigal Son they named Micah, and to play him, chose Edmund Purdom, a young man with a remarkably high opinion of himself. His pomposity was hard enough to bear; worse yet was the garlic breath he brought back from lunch. My lines were so stupid I hated to go to work in the morning. Even the costumes were atrocious. They were ornate concoctions dripping with heavy beads, and the material was so stiff that I felt I was wearing armor. "Well," I thought, "I may be trapped in this picture, but I'm going to make myself as sensuous, sexy, and gorgeous as possible."See more »
Quotes:
Micah:[Referring to Ruth] If she did come, I would tell her that what cannot be forgotten can sometimes be forgiven.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) (TV)See more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The best showcase ever equipped for Turner excellent figure..., 19 December 1999

Lana Turner was pure magic, emotion and sensation in her long walk through the temple of love... And "The Prodigal" will remain the best showcase ever equipped for her excellent figure... The film is M.G.M.'s entry in the CinemaScope Bible race...

Lana was cast as Samarra, the lightly-clad temptress who incited history's first juvenile delinquent to leave home…

The film was based on the Biblical story of the prodigal son as told by St. Luke in Chapter XV of his gospels… There, in fewer than 300 words is the bare suggestion of a youth who "wasted his substance in riotous living," later to return, repentant to farm and father…

The screenplay portrayed the prodigal as Micah (Edmond Purdom), the model son of a Hebrew patriarch named Eli (Walter Hampden). As the film begins he has honored his father by becoming engaged to Ruth (Audrey Dalton), a gentle girl of his own faith…

While visiting Damascus, however, the youth enters the tent of Samarra, the high priestess of Astarte, goddess of the flesh, and he is dazzled by her beauty… To his father's bitter dismay, he demands his share of the family fortune, leaves his fiancée on the eve of their marriage, and goes off to the city in pursuit of the pagan woman, whose duties include presiding over human sacrificial rites…

Among the fleshpots of Damascus, Micah's uncontrollable infatuation for the priestess plunges him into a variety of mishaps… He is victimized by Nahreeb (Louis Calhern), the sinister high priest of Baal, who conspires to destroy him for his irreverent interest in Samarra; by Bosra (Francis L. Sullivan), an unscrupulous moneylender; and even by Samarra herself, who withholds her love until he produces a certain valuable pearl as a gift for her goddess…

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