After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
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
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Clarence drives Flo and John out to pick up Willie at the sanitarium in a 1940 Buick Limited Convertible Phaeton. The gang follows them in a 1933 Cadillac. See more »
Possibly deliberate mistake by the film makers, when John Sarto goes to get Willie the Knife (Allen Jenkins) released from the SanatoRium, the sign of the institution is misspelt "Pattonsville Private Sanitarium" See more »
"Brother Orchid" is a slight variation on the gangster films which put "Warner Bros" on the map in the first place. Edward G. Robinson is cast once again as a mobster but with a difference. After being frozen out by the mob and left for dead, Robinson finds his way to a monastery. The head monk - well played by Donald Crisp - takes pity on the gangster and offers him a place of shelter and also a new way of life. The results are both amusing and less than successful. I enjoyed what this film has to offer, the story is interesting. Edward G. Robinson dominates "Brother Orchid" but Humphrey Bogart still does his thing. The two have an almighty clash during the climax and it is worth waiting for.
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