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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 May 1950 (Austria)
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John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack La Rue ...
Hugh McDermott ...
Linden Travers ...
Walter Crisham ...
MacDonald Parke ...
Doc (as Macdonald Parke)
Danny Green ...
Flyn
Lilli Molnar ...
Ma Grisson (as Lilly Molnar)
Charles Goldner ...
Louis--Headwaiter
Zoe Gail ...
Margo (as Zoë Gail)
Leslie Bradley ...
Richard Nielson ...
Riley (as Richard Nelson)
Michael Balfour ...
Barney
Frances Marsden ...
Jack Lester ...
Bill O'Connor ...
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John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in large part due to leading a restricted life. A low level thug named Johnny overhears their secret wedding night plans, and peddles the idea of robbing her of the $100,000 worth of diamond jewelry with which she will be adorned to two groups of his gangster acquaintances, who are in competition with each other. The robbery doesn't go quite according to plan, with Miss Blandish ultimately being kidnapped and held under the eye of Slim Grisson, the heir apparent as head of the violent Grisson gang, currently run by Ma Grisson. Kidnapping holds higher risk but possible greater reward as everyone figures they can get at least $1 million for her. Ma has no plans of letting her go, killing her after getting the money. But a surprise move by Slim, who has a secret past with Miss Blandish, turns the tables ... Written by Huggo

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The film caused huge controversy in the UK after it was passed with an uncut 'A' rating on account of the violence and rape implied in the story, leading to critic Dilys Powell stating that the film be "branded with a "D" certificate for disgusting". This led to various councils banning the film completely and politicians demanding an investigation into the running of the BBFC, and censor Sir Sidney Harris was forced to issue an apology for having "failed to protect the public". See more »

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When he'd got it, did he want it?
Music & lyrics by George Melachrino & James Dyrenforth
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British made American gangster movie.
11 October 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the first version of James Hadley Chase's famous shocker. It was remade as "The Grissom Gang" in 1971 by Robert Aldrich. As a writer Chase made a fortune, despite getting atrocious reviews from British critics. The movie was no exception regarding reviews; some sample quotes... ...the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism...the morals are about level with those of a scavenger dog...it has all the sweetness of a sewer...the worst film I have ever seen.

I saw it when I was sixteen and I loved it, even buying the record of the background music (Song Of The Orchid). It had a mostly British cast with one imported American *star* Jack La Rue. It would be interesting to see it again fifty years later. I imagine the violence everyone complained of would seem pretty tame by today's standards.


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