Directed byTay Garnett
Screenplay byTay Garnett
Rollo Lloyd
Francis Edward Faragoh
Story byHarry Hervey
Produced byCharles R. Rogers
Harry Joe Brown (associate)
StarringAnn Harding
Adolphe Menjou
Melvyn Douglas
Ian Maclaren
Guy Bates Post
CinematographyLucien N. Andriot
Edited byJoseph Kane
Music byArthur Lange
Harold Lewis
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • January 22, 1932 (1932-01-22)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Prestige is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Tay Garnett and written by Tay Garnett, Rollo Lloyd and Francis Edward Faragoh. The film stars Ann Harding, Adolphe Menjou, Melvyn Douglas and Guy Bates Post.[1][2][3] The film was released on January 22, 1932, by RKO Pictures.



Although Melvyn Douglas recalled decades later that he was called in to replace Adolphe Menjou (who appears in the movie),[4] Turner Classic Movies states that Variety reported he replaced originally cast Robert Williams who had died of peritonitis on November 3, 1931 resulting from a ruptured appendix.[5][6] Douglas claimed that Ann Harding was so unhappy with the picture that she asked the studio "to let her buy the negative and destroy it because she feared it was so bad."[4]


Prestige became available on DVD in October 2013, through a Spanish distributor.[7]


  1. ^ "Prestige (1932) - Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Prestige - Ann Harding in a Melodramatic Story of Life in a Small French Penal Colony". Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Prestige Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Prestige". TV Guide. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Bawden, James; Miller, Ron (March 4, 2016). Conversations with Classic Film Stars: Interviews from Hollywood's Golden Era. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-6712-1.
  5. ^ "Prestige Notes". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Prestige Trivia". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "PRESTIGIO (DVD) de Tay Garnett, comprar película en".