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Black Orchid (1953)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  February 1953 (UK)
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A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ronald Howard ...
Dr.John Winnington
Olga Edwardes ...
Christine Shaw
John Bentley ...
Eric Blair
Mary Laura Wood ...
Sophie Winnington
Patrick Barr ...
Vincent Humphries
Sheila Burrell ...
Annette
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Markham
Mary Jones ...
Mrs. Humphries
Alan Robinson ...
Solicitor
Ian Fleming ...
Coroner
Tom Gill ...
Travel Agent Clerk
Tucker McGuire ...
American Woman
Richard Shaw ...
Lorry Driver
Daniel Wherry ...
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A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

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The traffic accident late in the film takes place in front of the St. John's Wood tube station, at the intersection of Finchley Road and Grove End Road, London NW8. (The view has changed somewhat on 2010 Google Maps, but the main landmarks are still visible.) See more »

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More like a TV mystery than a feature film
29 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short, engaging mystery has more in common with television episodes than it does with full-fledged, intricate movie mysteries. The characters are fairly one-dimensional, so we can dispense with character development and move the plot along. There are a couple of red herrings along the way before the true killer is revealed at the end.

It's the usual made-for-TV plot: man is torn between shrewish, manipulative wife and her cute, kindly sister. Wife is killed, husband is blamed; sister and best friend must find the killer because the police won't look beyond the most obvious evidence.

Interesting trivia note: the "best friend" is an author named Eric Blair. Was this name chosen as a joke? "Eric Blair" was the real name of the author we know as George Orwell.


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