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

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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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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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A smart seductive wife and girl-next-door lab assistant--and he goes for the assistant
28 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Black Orchid (1953)

A smart, crisp, and very British kind of drama with a touch of murder thrown in. It has a flavor of a classic whodunit, but it's never quite seen from the point of view of someone who has to solve the crime. Rather, we are wrapped up in this upper class world (at one point a woman says, as an apology, that she has just one gardener), and the cross loves of two or three or maybe four of the characters becomes the meat of it. It is a deceptively noir titled movie, directed by British workaday director Charles Saunders, but it's not a noir one bit.

For movie buffs there is the wonderful of Leslie Howard's son, Ronald, who has an amazing resemblance (and something less of a presence) on the screen. Ronald Howard had a middling career, and after many less than stellar performances (on stage, and then screen, and then lots of telly, including a series of 39 episodes as Sherlock Holmes.

More impressive by far is his wife, played by Mary Laura Wood, an even lesser known actress of mostly 50s era dramas and some t.v. Here she is sharp and alive, so taut you are never sure what she's about to do or say next. And she was in almost nothing else you can get your hands on, so enjoy her for what she's worth. There are several good secondary performances, as well, and indeed, if anything lifts this movie up a bit, it's the committed, convincing acting all around.

And the clever, if formulaic, plot.


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