Prodigal Daughters (1923)

Drama | 15 April 1923

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HISTORY

Principal photography was underway in Dec 1922, as reported by the 1 Dec 1922 FD and 9 Dec 1922 ^Exhibitors Trade Review. On 27 Jan 1923, Motion Picture News stated that director Sam Wood was still working on the final scenes of the film, one of which included an airplane trip through a storm. The film received mixed reviews following its Apr 1923 release. The 19 Apr 1923 Var was “disappointed” to see Gloria Swanson in such a “ridiculous” and “badly done make-believe,” but a critic in the May 1923 Educational Screen argued that Swanson performed “the best work this reviewer has ever seen her do.” ...

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Principal photography was underway in Dec 1922, as reported by the 1 Dec 1922 FD and 9 Dec 1922 ^Exhibitors Trade Review. On 27 Jan 1923, Motion Picture News stated that director Sam Wood was still working on the final scenes of the film, one of which included an airplane trip through a storm. The film received mixed reviews following its Apr 1923 release. The 19 Apr 1923 Var was “disappointed” to see Gloria Swanson in such a “ridiculous” and “badly done make-believe,” but a critic in the May 1923 Educational Screen argued that Swanson performed “the best work this reviewer has ever seen her do.”

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Educational Screen
May 1923
p. 235
Exhibitors Trade Review
9 Dec 1922
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Film Daily
1 Dec 1922
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Motion Picture News
27 Jan 1923
p. 495
Variety
19 Apr 1923
p. 35
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1923
Production Date:
Dec 1922--Jan 1923
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
11 April 1923
LP18864
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,216
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

"Swiftie" and Marjory Forbes--the daughters of J. D. Forbes, wealthy owner of a locomotive works, and Mrs. Forbes, a clubwoman who exercises no restraint over them--are attracted to the jazz life and eventually leave home in order to live the lives they please in Greenwich Village. Marjory marries songwriter Lester Hodges, who later deserts her. Swiftie attracts the interest of aviator Roger Corbin, employed by her father, and gambler Stanley Garside. She loses a considerable sum to Garside, then promises to marry him in 60 days when she wagers her losses against marriage. In a Christmas Eve raid by prohibition agents, however, Swiftie escapes with Roger's help and follows Marjory's example by returning home. Both girls repent; Swiftie finds happiness with ...

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"Swiftie" and Marjory Forbes--the daughters of J. D. Forbes, wealthy owner of a locomotive works, and Mrs. Forbes, a clubwoman who exercises no restraint over them--are attracted to the jazz life and eventually leave home in order to live the lives they please in Greenwich Village. Marjory marries songwriter Lester Hodges, who later deserts her. Swiftie attracts the interest of aviator Roger Corbin, employed by her father, and gambler Stanley Garside. She loses a considerable sum to Garside, then promises to marry him in 60 days when she wagers her losses against marriage. In a Christmas Eve raid by prohibition agents, however, Swiftie escapes with Roger's help and follows Marjory's example by returning home. Both girls repent; Swiftie finds happiness with Roger.

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