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Brother Orchid, Movie, 1940 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Mr. Sarto pitää razzian (Finland)
  • Il vendicatore (Italy)
  • La tumba de los gangsters (Mexico)
  • Orquídea Brava (Portugal)
  • Mr. Sarto gör razzia (Sweden)

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DidierF FR

2016-01-30 23:31

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is a movie directed by Lloyd Bacon ("screenplay by Earl Baldwin based on a story by Richard Connell").

No style in the filming, strange moments in the story—which goes from the gangster comedy to the sulpician redemption, with time for real gangster movie, and for slapstick fightin! Not exactly focussed, I would say.

But, if Heinz Roemheld's score is almost unbearable, the photography, signed Tony Gaudio, is very good.

What makes the movie pleasant are the actors.

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Ann Sothern,

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Humphrey Bogart (in one of his last parts as both a villain and a second billed actor) and Edward G. Robinson, who shows all over the movie his incredibly mobile and expressive face, alternatively surprised, "wise", angry, and in awe.

They are quite convincing, and Ralph Bellamy is not bad either, at least for the first part of the movie. (But Allen Jenkins is a boring side-kick.)

Quite pleasant in the end, and the first 45 minutes (out of 90) are a succes.

Now, for rjluna2, this, taken I suppose not "live" (*) but at Warner Bros':
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Un film qui vaut essentiellement moins par l'histoire que par les acteurs, au premier chef Edward G. Robinson, assez épatant dans la manière qu'il a de promener son visage à l'étonnante expressivité tout au long d'un film qui lui fait connaître alternativement les rêveries et désillusions de la sophistication à l'européenne — lui le gangster new-yorkais — puis les rêveries et désillusions de l'amitié virile, puis les angoisses de la mort prochaine, puis la rédemption, le retour à la bagarre, et le retrait final, dans une apparente paix retrouvée ou enfin trouvée.

Les 45 premières minutes ne sont vraiment pas mal du tout. Enfin, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Ralph Bellamy sont à la hauteur de la tâche : rendre vivant un scénario comme-ci comme-ça.

Belle photo de Tony Gaudio.


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(*) On second thoughts, I think the short moment with traffic lights could well be taken outdoor for real, shot in a big city.

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rjluna2 US

2016-01-31 00:25

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DidierF wrote Now, for rjluna2, this, taken I suppose not "live" (*) but at Warner Bros':

(*) On second thoughts, I think the short moment with traffic lights could well be taken outdoor for real, shot in a big city.

Merci, Didier :)

The studio lot is intended to be a mini city with functioning traffic signal lights and street light as well :)

My comments at Traffic Lights in Internet Movie Car Database.

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