Brother Orchid (1940)





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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Earl W. Baldwin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008


as Little John T. `John...

as Florence `Flo' Addam...

as Jack Buck

as Brother Superior

as Clarence Fletcher

as Willie The Knife

as Brother Wren

as Brother Goodwin

as Philadelphia Powell

as Mugsy O'Day

as Red Martin

as Texas Pearson

as Brother MacEwen

as Brother MacDonald

as Curley Matthews

as Buffalo Burns

as Pattonsville Supt.

as French Frank

as Al Muller

as Handsome Harry

as Turkey Malone

as Handsome Harry

as Dopey Perkins

as Thomas A. Bailey

as Englishman

as Artist

as Frenchman

as Superintendent of Se...

as Parking Attendant

as Mrs. Sweeney

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Frenchman

as Janitor

as Englishman

as Meadows

as Waiter

as Mr. Pigeon

as Tim O'Hara
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Critic Reviews for Brother Orchid

All Critics (4)

Just charming enough to keep it from becoming a dud... It's Robinson's delicate touch that keeps us watching.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008

...combines a gentle humor with a touch of sweetness that makes it a delight. (Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3)

Full Review… | March 20, 2008
Movie Metropolis

It's a pic that delights in being so ridiculous and corny.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
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October 21, 2008

Audience Reviews for Brother Orchid

This is one of my favourite dramas of the 1940s. It has a good cast and a good story. I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Brother Orchid is an uneven and odd movie from the Warner Bros. gangster stable. Edward G. Robinson plays the likable little tough guy who gets chiseled out of his racket by a one-dimensional performance by Humphrey Bogart. The first half of the movie plays like a gangster comedy that's not without its charms but the second half when a presumed dead Robinson hides out at a flower-growing monastery takes on this dramatic, Lost Horizonesque quality that's enjoyable enough, but just sort of left me bewildered. Robinson and Bogart play their trademarked (at the time for Bogart, at least) roles and Ann Southern did the dizzy blonde thing perfectly. Ralph Bellamy was actually a standout. Brother Orchid definitely isn't required viewing but fans of Edward G. and Bogart but it's not to be avoided either.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


a better gangster picture than most, this sports pretty good acting by the emotionally-torn Robinson and a fairly memorable script.

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