The Prodigal Judge (1922)
A FEW SCENES FROM THE GREATEST PICTURE OF 1922
THE PRODIGAL JUDGE
"THE PRODIGAL JUDGE," fittingly styled "the Rembrandt of the screen," has been called one of the best pictures of 1922. Or, rather, the critic stated that "It will prove to be among the very best," for while the year had many months to go, it was the reviewer's staunch opinion that time would not dim the lustre of this whimsical picture, adapted from Vaughan Kester's famous novel of the same title.
"THE PRODIGAL JUDGE" is one of the best pictures of this year because it is one of the most unusual pictures of many years.
It was directed by Edward Jose, famed in Europe and america as a master of stage direction. Its cast is a flawless one. Ther are many spectacular, and in fact, sensational scenes in "THE PRODIGAL JUDGE," yet one is not too conscious of their bigness at the moment of vision -- the presentation is entirely too artful for that.
"THE PRODIGAL JUDGE," the picture, will be -- like "THE PRODIGAL JUDGE," the book -- time will not lessen its value; it will add to it. An unusual, colorful, truly big motion picture.
Note: Poor Macklyn Arbuckle. This advertising herald has his picture all over it, but there is no mention of his name. Little-known Jean Paige is given top billing, probably because she was married to Vitagraph boss Albert E. Smith at the time. And Macklyn was a cousin of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who was just involved in a big murder scandal in September, 1921. The movie industry black-balled Roscoe Arbuckle because of the scandal, even though he was found not guilty later.
with Jean Paige, Macklyn Arbuckle and Ernest Torrence. Directed by Edward Jose. Vitagraph.
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