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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 April 1948 (UK)
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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(book), (as St. John L. Clowes)
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Dave Fenner
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Walter Crisham ...
MacDonald Parke ...
Doc (as Macdonald Parke)
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Flyn
Lilli Molnar ...
Ma Grisson (as Lilly Molnar)
Charles Goldner ...
Louis--Headwaiter
Zoe Gail ...
Margo (as Zoë Gail)
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Ted Bailey
Richard Neilson ...
Riley (as Richard Nelson)
Michael Balfour ...
Barney
Frances Marsden ...
Anna Borg
Jack Lester ...
Police Capt. Brennan
Bill O'Connor ...
Johnny
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Black Dice  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Harold Kasket. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Schultz: I never count my chickens till I've wrung their necks.
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Danse d'Extase
(uncredited)
Composed by George Melachrino
Danced to by Toy & Wing
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Astonishingly Brutal
8 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the roughest movies I've ever seen. I won't give anything away but, wow! The body-count is high.

Linden Travers looks lovely in the title role. This actress was, generally associated with a different sort of film. She's beautiful and elegant. But she gives this part her all.

"No Orchids For Miss Blandish" is a British movie trying to seem an American. For us today, that's very much a reversal: How often do American movies try to put on the dog and portray the British! Unfortunately, the movie at hand doesn't really succeed. We don't believe it's taking place in the US. Even though we're shocked at the nonstop violence, we don't believe the story fully, either.

Jack La Rue is good in the male lead. He was American. He is convincing.

I wish I could say I recommend this as more than a curiosity. Ms. Travers is indeed superb. But it isn't terribly good. Not bad but, apart from the exceptional violence, nothing special either.


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