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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 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 ...
Padre
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A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

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One of the main characters is a writer named Eric Blair. "Eric Blair" was the real name of the author who wrote many books under the pen name George Orwell ('1984', 'Animal Farm', 'Down and Out in Paris and London' etc.). See more »

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Plot's key = a man cannot marry his wife's sister while wife still alive
28 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dedicated research doctor has unhappy selfish wife. Sister of wife comes to visit and her and doctor were fated for each other. Wife gets divorce --and the plot's key is revealed : there is a law where a man cannot marry a wife's sister while wife still alive.

Wife is poisoned husband accused and condemned to death. Sister and husband's friend solve the murder.

Mind you all this happens in less than an hour so the action is fast.

The wife is far prettier than the sister thus seems somewhat miscast. You find yourself wanting to see more of her and less of the sister.

One reviewer called it a quota film....sounds reasonable. Grade B on the Hollywood scale...maybe even a C.

Still OK, if you are bored with little time.

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