This week’s mystery movie has been the 1948 British film “No Orchids for Miss Blandish,” from the novel by James Hadley Chase, with Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, Leslie Bradley, Zoe Gail, Jack Durant, Charles Goldner, Macdonald Parke, Lilly Molnar, Danny Green, Percy Marmont, Michael Balfour, Frances Marsden, Jack Lester, Halama and Konarski and Toy and Wyng. Photography by Gerald Gibbs, art direction by Harry Moore and music by George Melachrino. The film was written and directed by St. John L. Clowes.
The DVD is available from Amazon.
Writing in the New York Times (Feb. 23, 1951), Bosley Crowther said:
For days now the Globe Theatre has been warning that no one under 16 years will be admitted to “No Orchids for Miss Blandish,” which opened there yesterday. Such solicitude for the young is touching, indeed. But who’s going to protect us oldsters? We didn’t detect anything about this curious British melodrama which would necessarily turn a sensible teenager down the primrose path, but there is ample evidence on the Globe’s screen that “No Orchids for Miss Blandish” is an awkward attempt on the part of the English to imitate Hollywood’s gangster formula. Far better that this effort should not have been undertaken.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Jack Durant.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Bill O’Connor.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery comedian) and Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery comedian).
For Wednesday, Tuesday’s mystery gent has a flashy mystery companion. Neither of them get along with …
Update: This is John O’Connor and Richard Neilson.
… this sinister mystery chap.
Update: This is Walter Crisham.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent).
The mystery movie also has some mystery women, like this tough operator …
Update: This is Lilly (Lili) Molnar).
… this chanteuse …
Update: This is Zoe Gail.
… and this lady with questionable taste in men.
Update: This is Frances Marsden.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gents).
For Friday, we have our mystery leading man and mystery leading lady. And a gun.
Update: This is Jack La Rue and Linden Travers.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Thursday’s tough mama) and Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests).