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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 April 1948 (UK)
John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in ... See full summary »


St. John Legh Clowes (as St. John L. Clowes)


James Hadley Chase (book), St. John Legh Clowes (as St. John L. Clowes)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack La Rue ... Slim Grisson
Hugh McDermott ... Dave Fenner
Linden Travers ... Miss Blandish
Walter Crisham ... Eddie Schultz
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... Doc (as Macdonald Parke)
Danny Green ... Flyn
Lilli Molnar Lilli Molnar ... Ma Grisson (as Lilly Molnar)
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Louis - Headwaiter
Zoe Gail Zoe Gail ... Margo (as Zoë Gail)
Leslie Bradley ... Ted Bailey
Richard Neilson Richard Neilson ... Riley (as Richard Nelson)
Michael Balfour ... Barney
Frances Marsden Frances Marsden ... Anna Borg
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Police Capt. Brennan
Bill O'Connor Bill O'Connor ... Johnny


John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she's a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in large part due to leading a restricted life. A low level thug named Johnny overhears their secret wedding night plans, and peddles the idea of robbing her of the $100,000 worth of diamond jewelry with which she will be adorned to two groups of his gangster acquaintances, who are in competition with each other. The robbery doesn't go quite according to plan, with Miss Blandish ultimately being kidnapped and held under the eye of Slim Grisson, the heir apparent as head of the violent Grisson gang, currently run by Ma Grisson. Kidnapping holds higher risk but possible greater reward as everyone figures they can get at least $1 million for her. Ma has no plans of letting her go, killing her after getting the money. But a surprise move by Slim, who has a secret past with Miss Blandish, turns the tables ... Written by Huggo

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SHOCKING as a book! SENSATIONAL as a motion picture!


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Did You Know?


Linden Travers played Miss Blandish on the London stage before repeating the part here. She regarded this as her favorite role. See more »


Eddie Schultz: I never count my chickens till I've wrung their necks.
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Spoofed in Don't Ever Leave Me (1949) See more »


When he'd got it, did he want it?
Music & lyrics by George Melachrino & James Dyrenforth
Performed by Zoe Gail
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British made American gangster movie.
11 October 1999 | by Cajun-4See all my reviews

This is the first version of James Hadley Chase's famous shocker. It was remade as "The Grissom Gang" in 1971 by Robert Aldrich. As a writer Chase made a fortune, despite getting atrocious reviews from British critics. The movie was no exception regarding reviews; some sample quotes... ...the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism...the morals are about level with those of a scavenger dog...it has all the sweetness of a sewer...the worst film I have ever seen.

I saw it when I was sixteen and I loved it, even buying the record of the background music (Song Of The Orchid). It had a mostly British cast with one imported American *star* Jack La Rue. It would be interesting to see it again fifty years later. I imagine the violence everyone complained of would seem pretty tame by today's standards.

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English | French

Release Date:

15 April 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Dice See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tudor-Alliance See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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