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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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(as St. John L. Clowes)

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Hugh McDermott ...
Linden Travers ...
Walter Crisham ...
MacDonald Parke ...
Doc (as Macdonald Parke)
Danny Green ...
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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SHOCKING as a book! SENSATIONAL as a motion picture!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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15 April 1948 (UK)  »

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Black Dice  »

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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 »

Quotes

Eddie Schultz: I never count my chickens till I've wrung their necks.
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Soundtracks

When he'd got it, did he want it?
Music & lyrics by George Melachrino & James Dyrenforth
Performed by Zoe Gail
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No Oscars, either
26 April 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This forgotten movie caused one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British cinema. Its violence was stronger than pre-war producers had been allowed, but it somehow slipped past the censor.

The original novel had been judged unfilmable by Hollywood, but the Poverty Row studio Renown set out to prove the moguls wrong. The resultant outcry led Harold Wilson, a future premier who was the government minister responsible for films, to declare at an industry banquet- to loud applause- that he was glad there were "no Oscars for Miss Blandish".

The fuss probably killed the career of Linden Travers, who had been in pictures since the mid-1930s but made no more appearances after 1949, dying 52 years later. Neither did its helmer, St John L Clowes, ever direct again. Interestingly, as far as I know the picture to this day has never appeared on British TV.


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