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Brother Orchid (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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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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8 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Both Charles De Ravenne (Stable Boy) and John Qualen (Mr. Pigeon) are in studio records for their roles in this film, "Brother Orchid (1940)," but neither were seen in the movie. 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: I didn't double-cross you at Fat Duchy's. I wanted Jack Buck to make up with you. And I was dumb enough to believe him.
Little Johnny Sarto: Yeah? What do you think now, I'm dumb enough to believe you?
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Second Piano Sonata (Funeral March)
(1837) (uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Johnny looks at his photograph
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I do wish when individuals watch a movie that they get the person who says the lines correct. It is not Donald Crisp that makes the comments about the watermelon to Edward G. Robinson. Donald Crisp as Brother Superior is walking the young boy out of the room after giving him $2.00 for shoes. The other two monks make the comments to Robinson about not liking watermelon and then Robinson says "I get it." Now that that is out of the way, this is an excellent movie with a cast of characters that will later go on to become major stars i.e.-Humphrey Bogar and Ralph Bellamy. There are also plenty of strong character actors in this wonderful movie such as Allen Jenkins and Cecil Kellaway.


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