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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.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Joseph Breen (adaptation) (as Joe Breen Jr.), Samuel James Larsen (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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The story of Woman's Beauty and Man's Temptation! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le fils prodigue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,783,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The film took four months to shoot, and when Lana Turner's costumes - which she had altered herself in order to make them even more revealing - were seen by decency groups, she was denounced. As a result, certain motion picture exhibitors even airbrushed photographs which showed her navel. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Edmund Purdom's character, Micah, writes a message on a wall, "Samarra, 1 piece of silver, Micah," but it's written in English, a language no one used in Damascus in 70 B.C. and wouldn't exist in written form for another few centuries. See more »

Quotes

Ruth: A woman always knows more than her man thinks.
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Connections

Referenced in The Story of a Dress (1964) See more »

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Observations on the Cast
27 October 2002 | by schweinhundt1967See 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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