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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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Willie The Knife
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Brother Wren
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Philadelphia Powell
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Red Martin
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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 the new gang leader Jack Burns unwilling to relinquish his control. When Sarto 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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Trivia

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

Possibly deliberate mistake by the film makers, when John Sarto goes to get Willie the Knife (Allen Jenkins) released from the SanatoRium, the sign of the institution is misspelt "Pattonsville Private Sanitarium" See more »

Quotes

Little Johnny Sarto: Brother Superior, I'm gonna blab a little. Then I'm gonna blow.
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Connections

Referenced in Footsteps in the Dark (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Buckaroo
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on piano by John Ridgely
Sung by John Ridgely, Tom Tyler and Dick Wessel
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Found Religion.
4 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Lloyd Bacon directed this gangster comedy that stars Edward G. Robinson as Little John Sarto, a gang boss who, after he returns from an extended European trip, finds that he has been overthrown by subordinate Jack Burns(played by Humphrey Bogart). After escaping an assassination attempt, he retreats to the mountains where he is restored to health by a monastery run by monks(played by Donald Crisp, Cecil Kellaway, among others). John finds a renewed faith in humanity by his extended stay here, where he is expected to work, and not be a big shot. However, the past catches up with him and unfinished business must be settled... Funny and insightful film with fine performances, script, and direction; quite warm, charming, though sadly little-known.


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