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Brother Orchid

Brother Orchid

Edward G. Robinson
Director: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
, Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
, Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
Lloyd Bacon

DVD (Full Frame)

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Edward G. Robinson plays orchid-loving gangster Little John Sarto, who aspires to "real class." During a power struggle with usurping mobster Jack Buck (Humphrey Bogart), Sarto is taken for a one-way ride, but he escapes his would-be assassins and hides out in a monastery overseen by Brother Superior (Donald Crisp). Sarto insists that he'd like to become a monk himself, but in fact he's using the monastery as a hideout, the better to mount his counterattack against Buck. Eventually Sarto's resolve is weakened by the kindness of the monks, and he decides to turn over a new leaf. He sees to it that Buck is brought to justice, and also fixes up his true-blue "moll," Flo Addams (Ann Sothern), with good-hearted Texas rancher Clarence Fletcher (Ralph Bellamy). (News flash! Bellamy gets the girl for once!) Sarto, now known as "Brother Orchid," returns to the monastery for good, declaring that he's finally found the real class. Though Edward G. Robinson didn't want to play another gangster, he agreed to star in Brother Orchid in exchange for being allowed to essay the lead in Warner Bros.' historical drama A Dispatch From Reuter's (1940).

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2017
UPC: 0888574489076
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 39,578

Special Features

Commentary by Robinson biographer Alan L. Gansberg and Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Warner Night at the Movies 1940 short subjects gallery: ; Vintage newsreel; Musical short Henry Busse and His Orchestra; Classic cartoons Busy Bakers and Slap Happy Pappy; Trailers of Brother Orchid and 1940's It All Came True

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Little John Sarto
Humphrey Bogart Jack Buck
Donald Crisp Brother Superior
Ralph Bellamy Clarence Fletcher
Allen Jenkins Willie The Knife
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
Granville Bates Pattonsville Supt.
Paul Phillips French Frank
Don Rowan Al Muller
Nanette Vallon Fifi
Joe Caits Handsome Harry
Tim Ryan Turkey Malone
Pat Gleason Dopey Perkins
Tommy Baker Joseph
Joan Blondell Actor
Dick Wessel Buffalo Burns
Ann Sothern Flo Addams
Harlan Briggs Thomas A. Bailey
Charles Coleman Englishman
Gino Corrado Artist
Charles de Ravenne Stable Boy
Jean del Val Frenchman
Frank Faylen Superintendent of Service
James Flavin Parking Attendant
Mary Gordon Mrs. Sweeney
Creighton Hale Reporter
George Haywood Reporter
William Hopper Reporter
Armand Kaliz Frenchman
Sam McDaniel Janitor
Leonard Mudie Englishman
Edgar Norton Meadows
Frank Orth Waiter
John Qualen Mr. Pigeon
G. Pat Collins Tim O'Hara

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
Richard Connell Original Story
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Mark Hellinger Associate Producer
William Holmes Editor
Dick Mayberry Asst. Director
Max Parker Art Director
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brother Orchid
1. Credits. [:57]
2. The Kissoff. [2:30]
3. Taking Care Of Flo. [3:42]
4. European Tour. [3:03]
5. Welcome Home. [4:17]
6. Grandpa Calling. [5:14]
7. Driving To Jersey. [4:17]
8. Capable Clarence. [3:00]
9. Rival Racketeers. [4:11]
10. Middleman Flo. [4:48]
11. Tipsy Telephoning. [3:24]
12. Wounded In The Woods. [5:14]
13. Floracian Monastery. [3:29]
14. Swell Hideout. [3:16]
15. Okay Guys, Nice Mugs. [4:37]
16. Master Milker. [2:21]
17. Hired Help. [2:27]
18. When The Heart Speaks. [3:52]
19. Nuptial News. [2:35]
20. Back From The Dead. [3:46]
21. Quitting Time. [2:48]
22. His New Mob. [4:48]
23. The Jump On Jack Buck. [3:30]
24. The Real Class. [4:29]
25. Cast List. [:43]

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