Zappatore [The Tiller of the Soil] (1930)

Advertising Herald for ZAPPATORE (1930) with Gustavo Serena.

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Advertising Herald for ZAPPATORE (1930) with Gustavo Serena.

Hear what leading critics have to say about this fine moral story production. All critics rave over it; every group in every town stampedes to exploit it.

"One of the all=time great pictures" POST

"A superb story superbly told" N.Y. HERALD TRIBUNE

"One of the great stores of all-time comes to the screen."  BOSTON SUN

"As big as all humanity..... The warm and human story of a struggler who won at the cost of his most priceless possession."  TELEGRAM

"The story of the 'Prodigal Son' " Kate Cameron, DAILY NEWS

A picture that should be seen by both young and old. It is a story that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Written and directed by the internationally famous author, Gustavo Sereno, who is one of the leading men in this production.

Should be shown in every school, church and organization.

Suitable for churches of all faiths.

Filmed (partly) on the grounds of the university of Naples, in Naples, Italy.

One of the most popular features ever produced in Italy.

Musical scores by Ralph De Luca featuring: "Zappatore" "Balocchi e profumi" "Naples, Naples" "La Campana di Mezzo Di"

Doing BIG Business Everywhere!  Big Cities... Small Towns

Advertising Herald for ZAPPATORE (1930) with Gustavo Serena.


This story deals with the PRODIGAL SON..... he is given all of the opportunities, and an excellent college education...  He studies Law.... But meets up with bad associates in the city... A girl leads him astray... Through her he borrows the funds with which to have a good time... But who suffers? Those who love  him... his father and mother who earn their daily bread by the sweat of their brow in the fields. ...To them their son is as of the earth. Son of the soil they call him, but the city has lured him away and brought nought but despair... Finally the father comes in desperation to the city and repays all debts... Then comes renunciation... and the return of the PRODIGAL SON to the fold - where all is forgiven.

A drama based on the Biblical Story of "THE PRODIGAL SON"

The outstanding picture of the year!

A knockout show for any audience anywhere!

THE MONEY PICTURE OF THE YEAR! Europe's mightiest melodrama reaches the talking screen, with superimposed English titles.

Advertising Material

A - Heralds (of which this is a sample) with this space Blank for your name and location.

B - 11" x 14" black and white photo stills (20 different)

C - 8" x 10" black and white photo stills (20 different)


Our story opens among scenes of pastoral life. Frank, and humble and respectable farmer and Mary, his faithful wife, are seen feeding animals on their small farm.. Ernest, their only son, and a law student, is making final preparations to depart for the university where he is to resume his studies. Olga, Ernest's childhood playmate and only daughter of Count Alexander, is also present at the farewell party where fail and friends have gathered to wish Ernest good luck and success at school At the station, Frank gives his son money with which to defray his school expenses.

Our story now changes to scenes of the city and city life. Ernest is now at school and together with his room mate, Albert, take on a very luxurious apartment. In order to satisfy the desires of Amelia, his mistress, he has incurred many debts and has been compelled to resort to a loan-shark, Del Mante, to cover himself. The latter has financed Ernest at a usurer's rate of interest. Isidor, however, has also eyes for Amelia, and when friends of the town together with Olga come to pay Ernest a visit, Del Mante avails himself of this opportunity to impress Amelia that if she will give Ernest up, she can have all that he possesses.

Graduation has now come and Frank goes to the university to discover why his son has not written to him. Among scenes of wild dancing, the father forces his way into his son's apartment and informs him that his mother wants her son and it is time for him to return home. Ernest tells his father that his friends are celebrating his graduation, but it isn't true.

Ernest returns home with his father. Shortly thereafter, Del Mante, the loan shark comes to collect from his father on all the notes due him. Ernest is now compelled to reveal all, his life at schook his debts and his failure to pass the bar. His father's disappointment is almost too much to bear. The trust, hope and pride he had placed in his son have not been justified and he is forced to admit that the accusations of scoundrel with which his son's name was met about the town, were undeniably true. In a fot of just anger, he orders his sone to leave the house and to make his own way in life without further assistance. There is still time to be honest, but he must earn it by the right of how own labor and effort.

Some time now elapses. Then Count Alexander stops in on Frank, elated over the success of a suit he had won in court. He informs Frank that his very successful attorney is none other than Frank's son and that the latter is desirous of returning home to see his father and mother.

"Father, I have come back to you, the son you want me to be" - and with tears of you in their eyes, they embrace each other. The "prodigal son" has returned and all is well again. Ernest and Olga, arm in arm, are seen basing in the glorious sunshine, viewing the glowing panorama before them and the new vistas of their life to be.

with Gustavo Serena and Silvio Orsini. Directed by Gustavo Serena. Any-Film di Vincenzo Pergamo/Mogul. Italy.

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Last Modified January 6, 2013