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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

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:
Hugh McDermott ...
Linden Travers ...
Walter Crisham ...
MacDonald Parke ...
Doc (as Macdonald Parke)
Danny Green ...
Lilli Molnar ...
Ma Grisson (as Lilly Molnar)
Charles Goldner ...
Zoe Gail ...
Margo (as Zoë Gail)
Leslie Bradley ...
Richard Neilson ...
Riley (as Richard Nelson)
Michael Balfour ...
Frances Marsden ...
Jack Lester ...
Bill O'Connor ...


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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SHOCKING as a book! SENSATIONAL as a motion picture!


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

15 April 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Black Dice  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Linden Travers played Miss Blandish on the London stage before repeating the part on film. She regarded as her favourite role. See more »


Eddie Schultz: I never count my chickens till I've wrung their necks.
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When he'd got it, did he want it?
Music & lyrics by George Melachrino & James Dyrenforth
Performed by Zoe Gail
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"I never count my chickens until I've wrung their necks!"...
28 November 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

That, and other cheerful little catch phrases spoken as gangster slang in this gangster melodrama (British-style), are spoken by a cast of British actors given some hilarious tough guy talk.

In this terse screenplay they need little prodding to slug someone with a fist or a gun while the plan is to kidnap and rob a wealthy socialite who turns out to have a yen for the lead criminal (AL LA RUE). He has a role crying out for an American actor like Bogart or Garfield if this were a Warner melodrama. La Rue does alright but he's about as wooden as George Raft when it comes to delivering key lines with any enthusiasm.

LINDEN TRAVERS is the pretty socialite captured by a bunch of thugs and falling quickly into the Patty Hearst syndrome when she becomes a willing victim willing to escape the sheer boredom of her life as a pampered daughter of a wealthy aristocrat.

HUGH McDERMOTT is the detective set on her trail by her father who only wants to free her from captivity. It all feels like a Mickey Spillane thriller with little sympathy for any of the victims who get shot for the slightest infringement at a moment's notice.

The nightclub scenes seem to have been inspired by GILDA ('46), with a songstress rendering a non-too-subtle rendition of a torch song in a flimsy peekaboo dress while around her all sorts of plotting and planning is going on somewhere in the dark.

Not bad, but don't expect the dialog to have the sharp touch intended. "Drop your anchor in that chair," is about the best you can expect between all the slapping and punching and gunshots that abound in every other scene. The gangster slang gets a workout and some of the jargon is downright hilarious.

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