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Black Orchid (1953)

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
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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Spotted two Characters from "A Night to Remember" (1958)
27 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes they were Russell Napier as Capt. Stanley Lord and Tucker McGuire as The Unsinkable Molly Brown the latter credited in "Black Orchid"(1953) as "American Woman" in the travel agency - (blink and you will miss her).And to clear up an above user who commented that at one point a woman apologized she "had only one gardener", well it was the wife of the publisher of "Eric Blair" literary joke ha ha, played by Patrick Barr.The latter being miscast as he normally played professional honest roles like "Mutt" Summers in "The Dam Busters" (1955).

Whenever a character has his car tampered with by the murderer sawing through brake pipes in a downhill ride, I find myself screaming at the screen "Turn off the ignition and change down gears and use the side of the road to brake your speed".I accept compulsory safety belts were some time off into the future.Another annoying trait occurred when a complete stranger (nice Christine) knocks at the door and a maid lets her in unmonitored even saying she will be going off duty leaving the house apparently unoccupied.Another stupid mistake in films occurs when the murderer insists on acknowledging his crime and explaining his motive unbidden to a stranger.

I suspected the maid Annette had lesbian leanings for Sophie her boss, the estranged wife of Dr.John Winnington (Ronald Howard) but of course film producers could not deal with same sex love on screen in 1953.Anyway it kept my attention for an hour so I awarded it 6/10.


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