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Orchids and Ermine (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 6 March 1927 (USA)
A telephone operator at an opulent hotel falls in love with a young man who turns out to be a rich oil millionaire.


Alfred Santell


Carey Wilson (story), Carey Wilson (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... 'Pink' Watson
Jack Mulhall ... Richard Tabor
Sam Hardy ... Hank
Gwen Lee ... Ermintrude
Alma Bennett ... The Vamp
Hedda Hopper ... The Modiste
Kate Price ... Mrs. McGinnis
Jed Prouty ... Leander Blom
Emily Fitzroy ... Mrs. Blom
Carolynne Snowden Carolynne Snowden ... Hattie (as Caroline Snowden)
Yola d'Avril ... Telephone Operator
Brooks Benedict ... Chauffeur
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey McGuire (as Joe Yule Jr.)
Bobby Doyle Bobby Doyle ... Bell Hop


A telephone operator at an opulent hotel falls in love with a young man who turns out to be a rich oil millionaire.

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Colleen Moore on a Bus in the Rain
18 December 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Cute comedy with Colleen Moore as a switchboard operator at a fancy hotel who meets an oil millionaire from Oklahoma but she thinks he's the valet. Not a great comedy but perfectly OK with a nice performance by Moore, who by the late 20s was one of the biggest box office draws in movies.

Several good scenes save this but is seems a bit sluggish and slow to get going. Jack Mulhall plays the millionaire, Sam Hardy is the valet, Gwen Lee is Ermintrude the "friend," Hedda Hopper plays the sales lady, and 7-year-old Mickey Rooney plays a midget! Moore is very good once the story gets rolling, a natural comic and film actress, she could be beautiful or look like Harry Langdon. Her trademark hair-do made her stand out. The rest of the cast is fine in this little comedy.

Orchids and Ermine was a big hit, but not as big as Lilac Time in 1928, which was a smash! Unfortunately Colleen Moore flopped in a series of badly made semi-talkies and a few attempts at talkies.

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