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The Prodigal

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:May 13, 1955
Running time:112 minutes
Cast:Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, Louis Calhern, Audrey Dalton, James Mitchell
Director:Richard Thorpe
Producer:Charles Schnee
Writer:Joseph Breen, Samuel James Larsen, Maurice Zimm
Distributor:MGM

Description: One critic has noted that The Prodigal was aptly titled, inasmuch as it was all too prodigal with the funds of the then-flagging MGM studios. In its retelling of the 22-verse Biblical story of the Prodigal Son, the film helpfully fills in the story details inconsiderately left out of the Old Testament. Edmond Purdon plays Micah, the wastrel son of Eli (Walter Hampden) who takes his share of his father's fortune and blows it all in wicked old Damascus. Micah's one redeeming feature is his unserving faithful in the Lord God Jehovah. Pagan princess Samarra (Lana Turner at her most giddily exotic) intends to seduce Micah into renouncing his faith, only to get stoned to death for her troubles. Nearly two hours pass before Micah returns home and the fatted calf is killed in his honor. If for nothing else, The Prodigal would be memorable for Lana Turner's pagan-ritual costume, which is little more than a glorified bikini.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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