Brother Orchid (1940)

88 mins | Comedy-drama | 8 June 1940

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Earl Baldwin

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A HR production chart credits Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley with screenplay, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A news item in LAT notes that James Cagney was originally to have played the lead in this film. ...

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A HR production chart credits Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley with screenplay, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A news item in LAT notes that James Cagney was originally to have played the lead in this film.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
HISTORY CREDITS
CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
General (mod):
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 May 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
31 May 1940
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 1940
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 1940
p. 3
Los Angeles Times
2 Jun 1939
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Motion Picture Daily
3 Jun 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
27 Apr 1940
pp. 62-64
New York Times
7 Jun 1940
p. 27
New York Times
8 Jun 1940
p. 18
Variety
29 May 1940
p. 14
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
De Wolfe Hopper
Jack Kenney
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of prod
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Richard Macauley
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Brother Orchid" by Richard Edward Connell in Collier's (21 May 1938).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 June 1940
Production Date:
began early Mar 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
8 June 1940
LP9689
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6203
SYNOPSIS

Gang leader Little John Sarto quits his protection association to see the world as a gentleman, leaving his girlfriend Flo Addams behind. After five years of chasing "class," Sarto returns broke to resume his leadership, only to find that Jack Buck has taken over and that Flo has prospered in her own business with cowpoke Clarence Fletcher. Sarto organizes a new gang and is rapidly muscling in on his old territory when Flo inadvertently sets him up as a target for Buck's boys. Badly wounded, Sarto manages to crawl to a monastery where, rechristened Brother Orchid, he is nursed back to health and influenced by the kindness of the good brothers, he begins to change his outlook on life. When he learns that Flo is to marry Clarence and that the monastery is suffering financial hardship because Buck refuses to allow the brothers to market their flowers, however, Sarto leaves his sanctuary, stops the wedding and, with Clarence's help, breaks up the protective association. His task accomplished, Sarto decides that he has found true class within the walls of the monastery, and so leaves Flo to Clarence and returns to his life as "Brother Orchid" in the Order of the ...

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Gang leader Little John Sarto quits his protection association to see the world as a gentleman, leaving his girlfriend Flo Addams behind. After five years of chasing "class," Sarto returns broke to resume his leadership, only to find that Jack Buck has taken over and that Flo has prospered in her own business with cowpoke Clarence Fletcher. Sarto organizes a new gang and is rapidly muscling in on his old territory when Flo inadvertently sets him up as a target for Buck's boys. Badly wounded, Sarto manages to crawl to a monastery where, rechristened Brother Orchid, he is nursed back to health and influenced by the kindness of the good brothers, he begins to change his outlook on life. When he learns that Flo is to marry Clarence and that the monastery is suffering financial hardship because Buck refuses to allow the brothers to market their flowers, however, Sarto leaves his sanctuary, stops the wedding and, with Clarence's help, breaks up the protective association. His task accomplished, Sarto decides that he has found true class within the walls of the monastery, and so leaves Flo to Clarence and returns to his life as "Brother Orchid" in the Order of the Flowers.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Gangster


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Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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