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Brother Orchid (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 June 1940 (USA)
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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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
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Philadelphia Powell
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Mugsy O'Day
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Red Martin
John Ridgely ...
Texas Pearson
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Brother MacEwen
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Brother MacDonald
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Curley Matthews
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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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Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of the five films that Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart made together, this is the only one in which neither is killed. See more »

Goofs

At 1:25:55 As Brother Orchid enters the monastery, he holds his hat with both hands. When it cuts to a medium shot, he is holding it with one. See more »

Quotes

Flo Addams: [referring to the travel stickers she's putting inside his trunks] Look, Johnny, don't it look elegant?
Little Johnny Sarto: Yeah, it's got class all right. Look, you dumb cluck, you got it pasted on the inside.
Flo Addams: Sure, it gets scratched on the outside. Anybody's smart enough to know that!
Little Johnny Sarto: Flo, sometimes you got me guessin' whether you're even a nitwit.
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Featured in Bullets Over Hollywood (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Devil May Care
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during scene at Fat Dutchy's Tavern
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Lightweight Gangster Comedy Saved by Edward G's presence
10 August 2000 | by (Chicago,Illinois) – See all my reviews

Cute little gangster dramedy about a racketeer (Edward G) who finds "real class" in a monastery while on the lam from rival gangsters led by Bogie. Bogie himself (in, thankfully, one of his last supporting roles before stardom) has little presence in the film. Ann Sothern as Edward G's girlfriend steals the movie in whatever scene she's in.

Could've been real dull without the presence of both Robinson and Sothern. As it is, it's alright for a rainy day viewing.


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