The Black Orchid

The Black Orchid


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The Black Orchid

The title is Black Orchid, but the leading lady is a rose--florist Rose Bianco, played by Sophia Loren. Newly widowed, Rose holds herself responsible for the death of her husband, a well-known gangster. Anthony Quinn plays a widower who falls in love with Rose, much to the dismay of his daughter (Ina Balin), who fears that Quinn will be destroyed as thoroughly as Rose's first husband. All ends happily after Rose and her new beau align to find her unhappy runaway son (Jimmy Baird). Black Orchid tries too hard to be a "slice of life;" perhaps it might have fared better with a cast of unknowns, but then who'd go to see it?

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2004
UPC: 0097360581348
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TV's; Dolby Digital English mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Rose Bianco
Anthony Quinn Frank Valente
Mark Richman Noble
Ina Balin Mary Valente
Virginia Vincent Alma Gallo
Frank Puglia Henry Gallo
Jimmy Baird Ralphie Bianco
Naomi Stevens Giulia Gallo
Whit Bissell Mr. Harmon
Robert Carricart Priest
Joe di Reda Joe
Majel Barrett Luisa
Zolya Talma Consuello

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
Roland Anderson Art Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Alessandro Cicognini Score Composer
Marcello Girosi Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Howard A. Smith Editor
Joseph Stefano Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Memories of Tony Bianco [5:09]
2. The Widower [7:58]
3. Mary and Noble [3:23]
4. The Strong Son [4:10]
5. Wedding Nerves [2:06]
6. Family Changes [7:41]
7. Just Like Two Men [1:36]
8. Old-Fashioned Dancer [7:47]
9. The Past Repeats [3:09]
10. Turning the Key [3:55]
11. Sunday Breakfast [3:01]

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