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Black Orchid (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | February 1953 (UK)
A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

Director:

Charles Saunders

Writers:

Francis Edge (screenplay), John Temple-Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Dr. John Winnington
Olga Edwardes Olga Edwardes ... Christine Shaw
John Bentley John Bentley ... Eric Blair
Mary Laura Wood Mary Laura Wood ... Sophie Winnington
Patrick Barr ... Vincent Humphries
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Annette
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Inspector Markham
Mary Jones Mary Jones ... Mrs. Humphries
Alan Robinson Alan Robinson ... Solicitor
Ian Fleming ... Coroner
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... Travel Agent Clerk
Tucker McGuire ... American Woman
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Lorry Driver
Daniel Wherry Daniel Wherry ... Padre
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A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1953 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The traffic accident late in the film takes place in front of the St. John's Wood tube station, at the intersection of Finchley Road and Grove End Road, London NW8. (The view has changed somewhat on 2010 Google Maps, but the main landmarks are still visible.) See more »

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Plot's key = a man cannot marry his wife's sister while wife still alive
28 October 2012 | by filmalamosaSee all my reviews

Dedicated research doctor has unhappy selfish wife. Sister of wife comes to visit and her and doctor were fated for each other. Wife gets divorce --and the plot's key is revealed : there is a law where a man cannot marry a wife's sister while wife still alive.

Wife is poisoned husband accused and condemned to death. Sister and husband's friend solve the murder.

Mind you all this happens in less than an hour so the action is fast.

The wife is far prettier than the sister thus seems somewhat miscast. You find yourself wanting to see more of her and less of the sister.

One reviewer called it a quota film....sounds reasonable. Grade B on the Hollywood scale...maybe even a C.

Still OK, if you are bored with little time.

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