Prodigal Daughters

Prodigal Daughters is a lost[1] 1923 American silent societal drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. The film stars Gloria Swanson and was directed by Sam Wood. It is based on a novel of the same name by Joseph Hocking.[2][3]

Prodigal Daughters
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Directed bySam Wood
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byMonte M. Katterjohn
Based onProdigal Daughters
by Joseph Hocking
StarringGloria Swanson
CinematographyAlfred Gilks
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
April 15, 1923
Running time
60 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)



Some portions of this film were shot in Swanson's own palatial Hollywood mansion.[4] A young and then unknown Mervyn LeRoy appears unbilled as a newsboy. He later directed Swanson in her early talkie Tonight or Never.[5]


  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Prodigal Daughters
  2. Canham, Kingsley; Thomas, Tony (1974). The Hollywood Professionals: Henry King, Lewis Milestone, and Sam Wood. Tantivy Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-498-01394-4.
  3. Progressive Silent Film List: Prodigal Daughters at
  4. Swanson, Gloria (1981). Swanson On Swanson. Pocket Books. p. 190. ISBN 0-671-43354-7.
  5. Sandburg, Carl (2000). Bernstein, Arnie (ed.). "The Movies Are": Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews and Essays, 1920-1928. Ebert, Roger. Lake Claremont Press. p. 166. ISBN 1-893-12105-4.

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