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Brother Orchid (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 8 June 1940 (USA)
When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

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Willie The Knife
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Brother Wren
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Philadelphia Powell
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Mugsy O'Day
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Red Martin
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Texas Pearson
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Brother MacEwen
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Brother MacDonald
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Curley Matthews
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Gang boss Little John Sarto returns from Europe where he was looking for "class" to find the new gang leader Jack Burns unwilling to relinquish his control. When Sarto puts together a rival gang he gets wounded and seeks refuge in a monastery. He is gradually transformed by the simple, sincere brothers and, after one last gangland appearance, decides he has found class at last in the monastery. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Both Charles De Ravenne (Stable Boy) and John Qualen (Mr. Pigeon) are in studio records for their roles in this film, "Brother Orchid (1940)," but neither were seen in the movie. See more »

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When Edward G. Robinson returns to Ann Sothern's former rooming house and the landlady tell him she's moved, the boom mic is visible in the door's glass panel. See more »

Quotes

Little Johnny Sarto: [proposing to go to Willie at a mental institution in Jersey] Oh, I'll get him all right. This is Little John Sarto. How long will it take us to drive over to where Willie's at?
Flo Addams: Forty minutes the way you drive.
Little Johnny Sarto: Oh, good, I'll tell him we'll pick him up.
Flo Addams: Well, maybe he won't wanna leave. He told me on a postcard he's in a grand hideout and having a swell time with his mental disorder.
Little Johnny Sarto: If he ever told you that on a postcard, maybe they ought to keep him in there.
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Devil May Care
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during scene at Fat Dutchy's Tavern
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Lightweight Gangster Comedy Saved by Edward G's presence
10 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Cute little gangster dramedy about a racketeer (Edward G) who finds "real class" in a monastery while on the lam from rival gangsters led by Bogie. Bogie himself (in, thankfully, one of his last supporting roles before stardom) has little presence in the film. Ann Sothern as Edward G's girlfriend steals the movie in whatever scene she's in.

Could've been real dull without the presence of both Robinson and Sothern. As it is, it's alright for a rainy day viewing.


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