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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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Jack Buck
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Willie The Knife
Charles D. Brown ...
Brother Wren
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Philadelphia Powell
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Mugsy O'Day
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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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Storyline

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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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

When Johnny is in the monastery and sees the newspaper article about Flo's engagement to Clarence, the entire article is shown on-screen. When Johnny reads the story aloud, he adds in the sentence "Never in my life, Miss Addams told reporters, have I been so thrilled and happy." That sentence did not appear in the news article. See more »

Quotes

Little Johnny Sarto: Brother Superior, I'm gonna blab a little. Then I'm gonna blow.
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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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24 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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