Black Orchid (February 1, 1953)

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Black Orchid
 

Released on February 1, 1953: A doctor in London is accused of killing his recently divorced wife so he could marry her younger sister.

Produced by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman

Directed by Charles Saunders

The Actors: Ronald Howard (Doctor John Winnington), Olga Edwardes (Christine Shaw), John Bentley (Eric Blair), Mary Laura Wood (Sophie Winnington), Patrick Barr (Vincent Humphries), Sheila Burrell (Annette Dundt the maid), Russell Napier (Inspector Markham), Mary Jones (Mrs. Humphries), Alan Robinson (solicitor), Ian Fleming (coroner), Tom Gill (travel agent clerk), Tucker McGuire (American woman), Richard Shaw (lorry driver), Daniel Wherry (Padre)

 

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The Death Flower

Today we have a deliciously suspenseful murder mystery. London Doctor John Winnington, played by Ronald Howard, works long hours healing the ill, and his society wife Sophie doesn't like it one little bit. She is angry that he has no time for coming home to her house parties because he is busy at hospital working with his patients. They both know that the marriage is on the rocks, and when the good Doctor asks his wife why she doesn't end their marriage if she is so unhappy with him, she exclaims that she will certainly divorce him . . . when she is ready . . . and she is not quite ready yet. Next his wife's lovely younger sister Christine returns to London . . . You see, she's been working in a medical clinic in South Africa for several years and is returning to become the doctor's assistant . . . and the chemistry between Christine and the unhappily married doctor is instant and growing every moment that they are together. We soon learn that the doctor's unhappy wife is seeing another man, and with the growing love between her sister and the doctor, we have a hot crisis in the making . . . But it looks like all will be well for both couples when socialite wife Sophie tells the good doctor that she will be filing for divorce and claiming that her sister Christine is the one breaking up the marriage. No problem for the doctor and Christine . . . whatever it takes to bring them together is just fine. Unfortunately after the divorce is final socialite wife Sophie drops a bombshell on the doctor and her sister . . . In Britain it is against the law for a man to marry the sister of his divorced wife . . . Well, this certainly puts a quash on their plans, so the doctor visits his solicitor (that's a lawyer to us Yanks) and discovers that indeed the current law, while probably outdated, still stands that a man may not legally marry the sister of his ex-wife . . . unless that ex-wife dies! . . . Well now . . . I don't think that I need to go much further down this path before you begin to see the delicious possibilities . . . and the ex-wife's death does indeed follow quickly . . . and the doctor is all but caught in the act it seems . . . but as he is in jail awaiting his execution, the killer is still on the loose and there will be more death to come. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Robinson
Alan Robinson
Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming
John Bentley and Olga Edwdards
John Bentley and Olga Edwdards
John Bentley and Patrick Barr
John Bentley and Patrick Barr
John Bentley and Ronald Howard
John Bentley and Ronald Howard
Mary Jones and Olga Edwardes
Mary Jones and Olga Edwardes
Mary Laura Wood, John Bentley and Patrick Barr
Mary Laura Wood, John Bentley and Patrick Barr
Mary Laura Wood and Ronald Howard
Mary Laura Wood and Ronald Howard
Mary Laura Wood
Mary Laura Wood
Olga Edwardes
Olga Edwardes
Olga Edwardes and John Bentley
Olga Edwardes and John Bentley
Olga Edwardes and Mary Laura Wood
Olga Edwardes and Mary Laura Wood
Mary Laura Wood
Mary Laura Wood
Olga Edwardes kisses Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes kisses Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes meets Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes meets Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes sees the killer
Olga Edwardes sees the killer
Olga Edwardes and Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes and Ronald Howard
Olga Edwardes
Olga Edwardes
Patrick Barr and Olga Edwardes
Patrick Barr and Olga Edwardes
Patrick Barr strangles Olga Edwardes
Patrick Barr strangles Olga Edwardes
Patrick Barr
Patrick Barr
Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw
Ronald Howard, Mary Laura Wood and Olga Edwardes
Ronald Howard, Mary Laura Wood and Olga Edwardes
Ronald Howard and Olga Edwardes
Ronald Howard and Olga Edwardes
Ronald Howard and Russell Napier
Ronald Howard and Russell Napier
Ronald Howard
Ronald Howard
Ronald Howard and Olga Edwardes
Ronald Howard and Olga Edwardes
Russell Napier
Russell Napier
Sheila Burrell
Sheila Burrell
Sheila Burrell and John Bentley
Sheila Burrell and John Bentley
Sheila Burrell and Mary Laura Wood
Sheila Burrell and Mary Laura Wood
Sheila Burrell
Sheila Burrell
Tom Gill
Tom Gill
Tucker McGuire and Tom Gill
Tucker McGuire and Tom Gill