The Prodigal Son (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This British-made drama based on the novel by Sir Hall Caine apparently ran about 17 reels, but was cut to ten for American release (the leftovers were issued as The Return of the Prodigal). Much of it was shot in Iceland, where the action takes place. Stephan Stephanson, the governor of Iceland (Frank Wilson), arranges to have his son Magnus (Stewart Rome) wed Thora Neilson (Colette Brettel), the youngest daughter of another official. But when Stephanson's younger son Oscar (Henry Victor) returns home, he falls in love with Thora. Magnus steps aside, even though it means his disgrace. After the marriage, however, Oscar's attention is diverted by Thora's sister, Helga (Edith Bishop). When Thora has a baby, Helga schemes to get it away from her. The stress and the grief kill Thora. Oscar, meanwhile, has forged his father's name on a big check in Monte Carlo. Stephanson pays the check but it breaks him. Driven from home, Oscar meets Helga once again in Monte Carlo, but after he becomes involved in a card scandal, she refuses to have anything to do with him.



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