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Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (Creator/LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]], and returns home.

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Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal ProdigalHero in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (Creator/LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]], and returns home.


One of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition, ''The Prodigal'' (1955) is loosely based on the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son]].

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One of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition, Richard Thorpe's ''The Prodigal'' (1955) is loosely based on the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son]].


''The Prodigal'' (1955), produced by MetroGoldwynMayer, is loosely based on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was one of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition. Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (Creator/LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]] and returns home.

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''The Prodigal'' (1955), produced by MetroGoldwynMayer, is loosely based on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was one One of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition. tradition, ''The Prodigal'' (1955) is loosely based on the [[Literature/TheFourGospels Parable of the Prodigal Son]].

Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (Creator/LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]] pagans]], and returns home.home.


''The Prodigal'' (1955), produced by MetroGoldwynMayer, is loosely based on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was one of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition. Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]] and returns home.

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''The Prodigal'' (1955), produced by MetroGoldwynMayer, is loosely based on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was one of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition. Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (LanaTurner).(Creator/LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]] and returns home.



* FanService: Samarra's primary purpose. However, Micah and Asham seem to spend a lot of time bare-chested.

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* FanService: {{Fanservice}}: Samarra's primary purpose. However, Micah and Asham seem to spend a lot of time bare-chested.



* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Her in a Card Game]]: Micah wins Elissa for Asham in the pagan gambling den.

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* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Her in a Card Game]]: LostHimInACardGame: Micah wins Elissa for Asham in the pagan gambling den.



* OldShame: According to the DVD commentary, the film was very much this for Turner.



* StarDerailingRole: This film was intended to solidify Purdom's stature as a Hollywood leading man. Instead, it tanked at the box office, and Purdom spent the rest of his career in Europe.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Spear]]: At the beginning of the film, Asham demonstrates his gratitude to Micah by taking a spear meant for Micah.

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* StarDerailingRole: This film was intended to solidify Purdom's stature as a Hollywood leading man. Instead, it tanked at the box office, and Purdom spent the rest of his career in Europe.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Spear]]:
TakingTheBullet: At the beginning of the film, Asham demonstrates his gratitude to Micah by taking a spear meant for Micah.


* HeyItsThatGuy: The supporting cast includes [[AnnieGetYourGun Buffalo Bill Cody]] and [[AllMyChildren Palmer Cortlandt]].

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''The Prodigal'' (1955), produced by MetroGoldwynMayer, is loosely based on the story of the Prodigal Son. It was one of the last films in the big-budget Hollywood Biblical epic tradition. Micah (Edmund Purdom), the prodigal in question, falls prey to the deadly charms of the pagan high priestess Samarra (LanaTurner). However, after much debauchery, Micah is betrayed, tossed into jail and almost killed. [[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say]], however, he escapes from prison, [[Film/{{Spartacus}} leads a revolt against the evil pagans]] and returns home.
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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationExpansion: This is a much, much expanded version of what the Prodigal Son was doing.
* BeautifulSlaveGirl: Elissa.
* BetaCouple: Asham and Elissa (at least, [[spoiler:until she's murdered]]).
* TheDutifulSon: Micah's brother is pretty impatient about his behavior.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The supporting cast includes [[AnnieGetYourGun Buffalo Bill Cody]] and [[AllMyChildren Palmer Cortlandt]].
* HumanSacrifice: As demanded by Samarra's religion.
* IOweYouMyLife: The escaped slave Asham attaches himself to Micah for this reason, despite Micah's insistence that he just go free.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Asham avenges [[spoiler:his beloved Elissa]] by successfully throwing a knife into another man's neck while balancing on horseback.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Samarra]] winds up dying in the fire pit.
* TheMakeover: Micah and Asham get new togs in order to fit in properly at Damascus.
* FanService: Samarra's primary purpose. However, Micah and Asham seem to spend a lot of time bare-chested.
* HappinessInSlavery: Asham, when Micah is involved. Otherwise, not so much.
* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Her in a Card Game]]: Micah wins Elissa for Asham in the pagan gambling den.
* LavaPit: The primary method of dispatching the HumanSacrifice involves a high dive into a flaming pit.
* OldShame: According to the DVD commentary, the film was very much this for Turner.
* RebelLeader: Micah turns into one after his imprisonment.
* StarDerailingRole: This film was intended to solidify Purdom's stature as a Hollywood leading man. Instead, it tanked at the box office, and Purdom spent the rest of his career in Europe.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Spear]]: At the beginning of the film, Asham demonstrates his gratitude to Micah by taking a spear meant for Micah.
* ATasteOfTheLash: Micah undergoes a bad whipping while in jail.
* TheVoiceless: Asham.
* WretchedHive: Damascus.
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