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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.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Earl Baldwin (screen play), Richard Connell (based on the story by: Collier's Magazine)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Little John Sarto
Ann Sothern ... Flo Addams
Humphrey Bogart ... Jack Buck
Donald Crisp ... Brother Superior
Ralph Bellamy ... Clarence Fletcher
Allen Jenkins ... Willie The Knife
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Brother Wren
Cecil Kellaway ... Brother Goodwin
Morgan Conway ... Philadelphia Powell
Richard Lane ... Mugsy O'Day
Paul Guilfoyle ... Red Martin
John Ridgely ... Texas Pearson
Joseph Crehan ... Brother MacEwen
Wilfred Lucas ... Brother MacDonald
Tom Tyler ... Curley Matthews
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orchid, der Gangsterbruder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Little Johnny Sarto: Brother Superior, I'm gonna blab a little. Then I'm gonna blow.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Devil May Care
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during scene at Fat Dutchy's Tavern
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A gangster who finds God.
28 August 2017 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

"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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