Cinema: The New Pictures, may 23, 1955

The Prodigal (MGM) is one more Biblical exegesis by the box office theologians of Hollywood. A freewheeling, full-color CinemaScopic plunge into the anachronistic past, the film is based on the parable of the prodigal son according to St. Luke, but the scenario is jazzed up with additional story by a trio of latter-day prophets (Maurice Zimm, Joe Breen Jr., Samuel James Larsen).

Prodigal gets off winging as fun-loving Micah (Edmund Purdom) and sober-minded brother Joram (John Dehner) come galloping hell-for-leather down the main street of Joppa; with true Hollywood ingenuity, they are using...

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