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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Little John Sarto
... Flo Addams
... Jack Buck
... Brother Superior
... Clarence Fletcher
... Willie The Knife
Charles D. Brown ... Brother Wren
... Brother Goodwin
... Philadelphia Powell
... Mugsy O'Day
... Red Martin
... Texas Pearson
... Brother MacEwen
... Brother MacDonald
... 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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Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1941 with Donald Crisp reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

At 1:25:55 As Brother Orchid enters the monastery, he holds his hat with both hands. When it cuts to a medium shot, he is holding it with one. See more »

Quotes

Little Johnny Sarto: Buck? Jack Buck?
Brother Superior: Yes. Yes, that's it. How did you know?
Little Johnny Sarto: Well, it come to me in a dream.
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Connections

Referenced in Footsteps in the Dark (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Worth a look
3 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Bogart,but I have to admit this is not one of his shining moments.But fortunately,the audience is treated to some very funny performances by Edward G. Robinson,Ann Sothern,and Allen Jenkins(very often Bogart's side-kick,but not here),in particular Ann Sothern,who should have been a much bigger star than she was.The story basically dies once the brothers at the monastery rescue Robinson,but all in all,this movie has more style than most of the rot-gut being shown at your local multi-plex this week.Definitely worth a look.


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