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  • Actors: Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, MacDonald Parke
  • Directors: St John Legh Clowes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y4Z50U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on the shocking novel by James Hadley Chase, No Orchid s for Miss Blandish s mixture of sex, violence and low morals made it one of the most controversial films of the late 1940 s. The story tells of a pampered heiress (Linden Travers) who is abducted on her wedding night by a gang of small time hoods, in what starts out as a jewel robbery and turns into a kidnapping/murder when one of them kills the groom. Despite her terrifying ordeal, Miss Blandish finds herself falling in love with the gang leader, Slim Grisson (Jack LaRue). They plan to run off together, but the rest of the gang can t see parting with a potential million dollar ransom, or leaving a witness alive -- even if it means killing Slim Grisson to get to her. The book itself was ferociously condemned, provoking George Orwell and praised the sets, the acting, the smoothly effective direction are all good. Chase s novel was alleged to be the most popular book amongst serving British troops during WWII. Bonus Features: Video Interview with Richard Gordon and Richard Nielson by Joel Blumberg; Commentary with Richard Gordon, Richard Nielson and Tom Weaver; British Trailer; American Trailer; Photos. Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; RT: 104 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1/4x3; NR; Year 1948; SRP - $19.99.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Van Deusen on June 1, 2010
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This 1948 British creation caused a huge outcry upon its release due to its cold-blooded brutality and sexuality. The uproar merited a four-page article in LIFE magazine, titled, "London Can't Take It." Once the viewer gets used to the English actors attempting American accents (often with hilarious results) and misguided attempts at American gangster dialog ("You croaked him!")it is actually quite a lively-paced and intriguing film. Cinematography is noirish and excellent. It has been beutifully restored and deserves a new audience.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John H. McCarthy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 2, 2010
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My interest in this movie came in a round about way. I had purchased the DVD of 1971's "THE GRISSOM GANG" a while back for dirt cheap, and although I wasn't familiar with it, I'm a fan of the film's director, Robert Aldrich. Going in with admittedly low expectations, I found the movie very enjoyable. It has a couple of knock-out performances (Tony Musante, Scott Wilson & even Connie Stevens!), some great "sick" humour, and moments of gut-wrenching tension and ultra-violence. The script was based on the best-selling 1940's novel 'NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH", a world-famous sensation due to it's depictions of graphic sex and violence. It became equally controversial when filmed later in the decade. A DVD was finally released in May 2010, so I now had the opportunity to see it. !!WARNING! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS!!

Although I've been quite pleased with discs from VCI Entertainment in the past, you never know if the material they have to work with is damaged beyond their control. I was pleasantly surprised with how great the film transfer was. The opening credits are over a montage of the title's "orchids" being prepared, transported and delivered to a mansion, where they go through 3 or 4 household staff to reach the titular lead character. The razor-sharp B&W cinematography had hardly any noticeable damage. At the end of the credits we are shown the card that came along with the orchids. It reads: "Don't Do It!", "signed" by a depiction of two dice. We see Miss Blandish throw it in a jewelry-type box that contains quite a few more. She then hands the orchids back to her French maid, and tells her to return them with the message "No orchids for Miss Blandish...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Tudor-Alliance presents "NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH" (1948) (104 min/B&W (Dolby digitally remastered) --- This film contains much appreciated noir and good acting in Glorious Black & White --- Jack La Rue plays Slim Grisson with just the right balance of toughness and elegance, while Walter Crisham, MacDonald Parke and Lilli Molnar carve out their memorable portrayals as the other main baddies --- Linda Travers rounds off the cast in a sexy and very appealing squeaky-clean heroine who gradually learns that she likes it rough --- One of most passionate kissing scenes in an early film era --- As the film progresses the actors engage in their frequent snarling exchanges, and then the violent action kicks into gear, this takes the audience on a thrilling roller coaster ride -- loving every minute of it --- If you thought old British films from the 1940s were prim and proper -- better guess again, this film has sex and violence galore.

Under the production staff of:
St. John Legh Clowes [Director, Producer & Screenwriter]
James Hadley Chase [Novel] novel
Oswald Mitchell [Associate Producer]
George Minter [Executive Producer]
George Melachrino [Original Score]
Gerald Gibbs [Cinematographer]
Manuel del Campo [Film Editor]

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1. Jack La Rue
Date of Birth: 3 May 1902 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 11 January 1984 - Santa Monica, California

2. Hugh McDermott
Date of Birth: 20 March 1906 - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 29 January 1972 -London, England, UK

3. Linden Travers
Date of Birth: 27 May 1913 - Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England, UK
Date of Death: 23 October 2001 - Cornwall, England, UK

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Podob on January 7, 2014
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My good friend, Richard Nielsen, who is approaching his 90th birthday, is one of the prominent actors in this movie and provides commentary in the "special features section." Richard, originally from England, has a thick British accent, yet in this movie he plays a thug, with a deep New York accent. The movie is delightful - pure fun - and, notwithstanding Nielsen's performance, I highly recommend it.
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