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The Black Orchid (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 February 1959 (Italy)
After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her ... See full summary »

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Martin Ritt

Writer:

Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Rose Bianco
Anthony Quinn ... Frank Valente
Peter Mark Richman ... Noble
Virginia Vincent ... Alma Gallo
Frank Puglia ... Henry Gallo
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Ralph Bianco
Naomi Stevens ... Guilia Gallo
Whit Bissell ... Mr. Harmon
Robert Carricart ... Priest
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Joe
Jack Washburn Jack Washburn ... Tony Bianco
Ina Balin ... Mary Valente
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Storyline

After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her husband to a life of crime, and they blame her for his death. Widower Frank Valente is attracted to Rose, and must convince her that real love exists. He must also deal with his own daughter, who has her own reasons for opposing his marriage to Rose. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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More than a story of love... a story of life!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sorte orkidé See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The work farm Sophia Loren visits every weekend by bus is the Berkshire Farm for Boys in Canaan, New York, about 50 miles north of New York City. See more »

Quotes

Frank Valente: Working at night? Even God doesn't work at night.
Rose Bianco: To make a living people do many things God doesn't do.
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Loren & Quinn were Great
24 June 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this 1958 film which was the first film that Carlo Ponti who was Sophia Loren's husband in real life, and this was the first film that he directed in the United States for Paramount Studios. This story is about a woman, Rose Bianco, (Sophia Loren) who was the wife of a Mafia mobster who was killed and Rose just lived with her son and worked in a factory making flowers and mostly orchids. Frank Valente, (Anthony Quinn) is a widower after many years with a wife who had a mental condition. The neighbors all felt sorry for Rose and the fact that her only son was sent to a correction farm because he was a problem child and always ran away. The same neighbors wanted to matched up Rose & Frank in hopes of them getting married someday. This story becomes very complicated with many people falling in love and then there are many fights and plenty of cold shoulders going on. I noticed in the film whenever something was going wrong with people there was this strange music being played like in a horror film. Very unusual film and worth viewing this great 1958 Classic film.


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