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Brother Orchid (1940)

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Sunday 12 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Monday 10 September 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Indianapolis Saturday 29 September 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in both Salt Lake City and Miami Friday 16 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2) and on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Friday 7 December 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Phoenix Thursday 20 December 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), and in Spokane Saturday 22 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2). 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

Flo Addams: I didn't double-cross you at Fat Duchy's. I wanted Jack Buck to make up with you. And I was dumb enough to believe him.
Little Johnny Sarto: Yeah? What do you think now, I'm dumb enough to believe you?
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Devil May Care
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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It's Impossible For Edward G. Robinson to Make a Bad Gangster Movie
23 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Gangster Little John Sarto (Edward G. Robinson) retires from the racket to "get some class." After that flops he tries to reclaim his old mob, which is now run by Jack Buck (Humphrey Bogart). After nearly being rubbed out and believing his girlfriend (Ann Sothern) set him up, Little John joins a monastery! Entertaining Warner Bros. gangster comedy is helped by fun dialogue and solid cast. Robinson, Bogart, and Sothern are all great. Support from the likes of Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins, Cecil Kellaway, and Donald Crisp. Doesn't launch into the monastery part of the film until about halfway through. It's a fairly routine gangster story for the first half. Although with this cast, fairly routine is still pretty enjoyable to watch.


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