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The May 1925 AmCin reported that cinematographer Victor Milner was nearing the end of director Raoul Walsh's The Prodigal Son, probably so titled because of the story's similarity to Jesus Christ's parable of the prodigal son in the Book of Luke. A month later, however, the Jun 1925 AmCin referred to the film under its ultimate title, The Wanderer, the same as its source material, a play by Maurice V. ... More Less

The May 1925 AmCin reported that cinematographer Victor Milner was nearing the end of director Raoul Walsh's The Prodigal Son, probably so titled because of the story's similarity to Jesus Christ's parable of the prodigal son in the Book of Luke. A month later, however, the Jun 1925 AmCin referred to the film under its ultimate title, The Wanderer, the same as its source material, a play by Maurice V. Samuels. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
May 1925
p. 12.
American Cinematographer
Jun 1925
p. 24.
Exhibitors Trade Review
5 Sep 1925
p. 67.
Film Daily
25 Aug 1925.
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Motion Picture News
12 Sep 1925
p. 1271.
New York Times
20 Aug 1925
p. 22.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Wanderer by Maurice V. Samuels (New York, 1 Feb 1917), which was based on the novel Der verlorene Sohn, ein Legendenspiel by Wilhelm August Schmidtbonn (Berlin, 1912).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Prodigal Son
Release Date:
1 February 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 20 August 1925
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 February 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22355
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,173
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Jether, a shepherd, is lured from his home by Tisha, priestess of the goddess Ishtar. He journeys to the city of Babylon, where he lavishes Tisha with gifts and spends his share of his father's wealth on riotous living. Having expended his gold, Tisha turns Jether out. A prophet's prediction of the city's destruction is fulfilled during a banquet honoring Ishtar, but Jether is saved, for he has neither denied God nor worshipped Ishtar. His return home is celebrated by his father with the Feast of the Fatted ... +


Jether, a shepherd, is lured from his home by Tisha, priestess of the goddess Ishtar. He journeys to the city of Babylon, where he lavishes Tisha with gifts and spends his share of his father's wealth on riotous living. Having expended his gold, Tisha turns Jether out. A prophet's prediction of the city's destruction is fulfilled during a banquet honoring Ishtar, but Jether is saved, for he has neither denied God nor worshipped Ishtar. His return home is celebrated by his father with the Feast of the Fatted Calf. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Historical, Religious


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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