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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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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)  »

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Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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

Little Johnny Sarto: But you can't change a guy overnight. I'm such a mug that was taught to look for angles. Take things easy and you live a little longer.
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Referenced in Footsteps in the Dark (1941) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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3 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Bogart,but I have to admit this is not one of his shining moments.But fortunately,the audience is treated to some very funny performances by Edward G. Robinson,Ann Sothern,and Allen Jenkins(very often Bogart's side-kick,but not here),in particular Ann Sothern,who should have been a much bigger star than she was.The story basically dies once the brothers at the monastery rescue Robinson,but all in all,this movie has more style than most of the rot-gut being shown at your local multi-plex this week.Definitely worth a look.


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