The Prodigal (1931 film)

The Prodigal is a 1931 Pre-Code early talkie film, which starred Lawrence Tibbett, Esther Ralston, Roland Young and Hedda Hopper. The film was extremely provocative in its time in that it viewed adultery in a non-judgmental, even positive light.[1]

The Prodigal
Lobby card featuring Lawrence Tibbett and Esther Ralston
Directed byHarry A. Pollard
Screenplay byBess Meredyth
Wells Root
Story byBess Meredyth
Wells Root
StarringLawrence Tibbett
Esther Ralston
Roland Young
Cliff Edwards
Purnell Pratt
Hedda Hopper
Stepin Fetchit
Music byHerbert Stothart
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Edited byMargaret Booth
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 21, 1931 (1931-02-21)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

See also


  1. Doherty, pp. 113–114


  • Doherty, Thomas Patrick. Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934. New York: Columbia University Press 1999. ISBN 0-231-11094-4

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