Brother Orchid Overview:

Brother Orchid (1940) was a Comedy - Crime Film directed by Lloyd Bacon and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Mark Hellinger.


In this offbeat gangster farce, mobster Robinson runs afoul of his former colleagues in the gang. So he cools it in a monastery, where he finds himself being reformed by the brothers. However, when he discovers his former gang preventing the monks from selling flowers, he ponders a return to his former life to settle the score.

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Brother Orchid (1940)

By Beatrice on May 4, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Brother Orchid Directed by Lloyd Bacon Written by Earl Baldwin based on a story by Richard Connell 1940/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental My favorite part of this OK Edward G. Robinson vehicle was seeing Ann Southern as a featured player. ?The rest of the supporting cast isn’t to... Read full article

Brother Orchid – 1940

By Bogart Fan on Apr 20, 2013 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review —Decent— Your Bogie Fix: ?out of 5 Bogies! Director:? Lloyd Bacon The Lowdown A comedy crime drama that can?t quite seem to decide whether it wants to be more comedy or more lighthearted drama. Edward G. Robinson is Johnny Sarto, mob boss and racketeer.? In the opening moments,... Read full article

Brother Orchid (1940) and the Battle Between Selflessness and Selfishness

By Google profile on Nov 17, 2010 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. I'm going to Europe, see? It's not easy being selfless in a society that rewards selfishness and promotes individualism. Take Little John Sarto (Edward G. Robinson) for instance. He's a t... Read full article

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Quotes from

Little Johnny Sarto: Buck? Jack Buck?
Brother Superior: Yes. Yes, that's it. How did you know?
Little Johnny Sarto: Well, it come to me in a dream.

Little Johnny Sarto: What are you doing?
Brother Goodwin: Shaving your head.
Little Johnny Sarto: No, you don't!
[to Brother Superior]
Little Johnny Sarto: Do you have to?
Brother Superior: No, it's quite optional.
Little Johnny Sarto: [to Brother McEwan] Well, nothin' doin'. I got my looks to think about.

Little Johnny Sarto: You know, to such a guy like me... love is like a scratch on the back. Sometimes feels good. But a guy can't go along all his life with an itch.

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Facts about

Of the five films that Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart made together, this is the only one in which neither is killed.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1941 with Donald Crisp reprising his film role.
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