7.1/10
1,967
28 user 17 critic

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:

Writers:

(screen play), (based on the story by: Collier's Magazine)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

San Quentin (1937)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An army trainer becomes captain of the prison yard and in time, falls for the sister of a hardened inmate.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden
Black Legion (1937)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Oklahoma Land Rush, the lawlessness is exacerbated by the McCord gang's feud with the Kincaids, who are trying to bring law and justice to the region.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson
Kid Galahad (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan
Drama | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco
Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

We'd like youse to meet Brother Orchid!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Orchid, der Gangsterbruder  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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: [riding with Flo in Clarence's back seat] What's that whistlin' I hear?
Flo Addams: That's Clarence makin' birdcalls. He's awful good.
Clarence P. Fletcher: [makes a hooting sound]
Flo Addams: Want him to impersonate a robin?
Little Johnny Sarto: What'll he do? Eat a worm?
See more »


Soundtracks

Second Piano Sonata (Funeral March)
(1837) (uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Johnny looks at his photograph
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial