~Prodigal Daughters~
~Plot Synopsis~
Part of this romantic comedy was shot in a palatial Beverly Hills mansion, which happened to belong
to the film's star, Gloria Swanson. Swanson plays a flapper, Swifty Forbes, who along with her sister,
Marjory (Vera Reynolds), lead wild lives, much to the chagrin of their wealthy parents (Theodore
Roberts and Louise Dresser). Keep in mind that the 1923 version of "wild" was much tamer than it is
today -- at one point Mr. Forbes blows his top because Swifty prefers to play golf on Sunday instead
of going to church. Finally, the girls move out on their own and Swifty finds a flat in Bohemian
Greenwich Village. Marjory, meanwhile, weds a jazz songwriter who eventually dumps her. Because
her father has cut off her income, Swifty has to go to work at a department store and is reduced to
fending off the advances of her manager. Ultimately she returns home wiser, but not necessarily
sadder -- she has handsome Roger Corbin (Ralph Graves) waiting for her. Playing a bit part as a
newsboy is future director/producer Mervyn LeRoy, who, eight years later, would direct a Swanson
talkie, Tonight or Never.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza
Directed by: Sam Wood

Written by:
Monte M. Katterjohn - writer

Based on the novel  Prodigal Daughters  by Joseph Hocking (New York,

Gloria Swanson ...  Swifty Forbes
Ralph Graves ...  Roger Corbin
Vera Reynolds ...  Marjory Forbes
Theodore Roberts ...  J.D. Forbes
Louise Dresser ...  Mrs. Forbes
Charles Clary ...  Stanley Garside
Robert Agnew ...  Lester Hodge
Maude Wayne ...  Connie
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...  Juda Botanya
Eric Mayne ...  Dr. Marco Strong
Antonio Corsi   
Mervyn LeRoy ...  Newsboy
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corporation

Released by: Paramount Pictures

Cinematography by: Alfred Gilks
Presented by: Jesse L. Lasky

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 minutes
Released: April 15, 1923
~469-143: Vera Reynolds & Gloria Swanson~