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

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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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Plan 9 from the UK
29 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by the consistent entertainment value of this movie.

This psycho pseudo-noir is actually quite successful visually, the sort of film that begs you to hit the "mute" button. With the sound turned on the dialog and the attempts at acting tough by the brit-sissies playing American gangsters (who I admit are brutally butch looking) are both spectacularly, bad in a very disorienting, familiar way: though it precedes "Plan 9..." by 11 years, this movie sports serious (Ed) Wood. It has a similarly quirky charm.

The one actual (expatriate) American in the movie, Jack La Rue, is almost as miscast as the Brits. This is odd considering his earlier, much more convincing work in The Story of Temple Drake, etc.

One telling scene near the end, a nightclub routine almost as bizarre as Jim Carrey's thalidomide baby routine in the Clint Eastwood movie "Pink Cadilac," made me wonder if the whole film was a goof, intended to have a "camp" sensibility.


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