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Brother Orchid (1940)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  8 June 1940 (USA)
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When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Little John Sarto
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Flo Addams
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Jack Buck
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Brother Superior
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Clarence Fletcher
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Willie The Knife
Charles D. Brown ...
Brother Wren
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Brother Goodwin
Morgan Conway ...
Philadelphia Powell
Richard Lane ...
Mugsy O'Day
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Red Martin
John Ridgely ...
Texas Pearson
Joseph Crehan ...
Brother MacEwen
Wilfred Lucas ...
Brother MacDonald
Tom Tyler ...
Curley Matthews
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Storyline

Gang boss Little John Sarto returns from Europe where he was looking for "class" to find his old mob taken over by Jack Burns. When he puts together a rival gang he gets wounded and seeks refuge in a monastery. He is gradually transformed by the simple, sincere brothers and, after one last gangland appearance, decides he has found class at last in the monastery. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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8 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1941 with Donald Crisp reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

At 1:04:25 Brother Superior's right arm is in his lap. When it cuts to the reverse angle, his right hand is placed on Brother Orchid's shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Brother Superior: When the heart speaks, Brother Orchid, other hearts must listen.
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Referenced in Footsteps in the Dark (1941) See more »

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Routine Gangster Film
9 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

A wounded gangster escapes execution by a rival gang and finds sanctuary in a monastery, as he convalesces. This routine gangster film veers between serious crime drama and comedy, never really finding a true identity. Robinson, who became a star playing Little Caesar, here plays Little Johnny, a no-nonsense tough guy who finds a higher calling. This is Bogart's last role as a sidey villain, as he played a good guy in his next film, "They Drive by Night," before becoming a star with "High Sierra." Sothern is fine as Robinson's moll. Bellamy, who made a career out of playing "the other man," does so here, amusing as an earnest cowboy who tries to woo Sothern.


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