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Brother Orchid (1940)

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Release Date: Jun 7, 1940 Wide

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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

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Mar 25, 2008

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

April 5, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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...combines a gentle humor with a touch of sweetness that makes it a delight. (Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3)

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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It's a pic that delights in being so ridiculous and corny.

May 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This is one of my favourite dramas of the 1940s. It has a good cast and a good story. I highly recommend this movie.
September 29, 2010
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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.
June 23, 2010
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