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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (film)

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Director  St. John Legh Clowes
Music director  George Melachrino
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Screenplay  St. John Legh Clowes
Country  United Kingdom
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (film) movie poster
Release date  April 13, 1948 (1948-04-13)
Based on  No Orchids for Miss Blandish 1939 novel  by James Hadley Chase
Writer  James Hadley Chase (book), St. John Legh Clowes
Initial release  April 13, 1948 (United Kingdom)
Cast  Jack La Rue (Slim Grisson), Hugh McDermott (Dave Fenner), Linden Travers (Miss Blandish), Walter Crisham (Eddie Schultz), MacDonald Parke (Doc (as Macdonald Parke)), Danny Green (Flyn)
Similar movies  The Dark Knight, Mysterious Intruder, Impact, The Godfather, Looper, Black Mass

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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (US re-release title Black Dice) is a 1948 British gangster film adapted and directed by St. John Legh Clowes from the novel of the same name by James Hadley Chase. It stars Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott and Linden Travers (reprising her title role from the West End play by Chase and Robert Nesbitt), with unbilled early appearances from Sid James, as a barman, and Walter Gotell, as a nightclub doorman. Due to the film's strong violence and sexual content for its time, amongst other reasons, a number of critics have called it one of the worst films ever made.


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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (film) movie scenes

Miss Blandish (Linden Travers), a sheltered heiress, is targeted for a simple robbery by a cheap thug who ultimately involves two groups of rival gangsters, their goal being her diamond jewellery worth $100,000. The robbery is botched when Riley (Richard Nielson) kills her bridegroom and the three would-be robbers decide to kidnap Miss Blandish for ransom instead (her father is worth $100 million).

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The three original kidnappers are killed, and Blandish ends up the captive of the Bailey gang. Her father puts a private detective on the case. The rival Grisson gang, led by Ma Grisson (Lilli Molnar), intends to collect the ransom and kill Blandish rather than take the risk of releasing her. Meanwhile, Slim Grisson (Jack La Rue) and Blandish fall in love and plan on running off together.

Blandish sends the diamonds to her father with a note saying she is in love with Slim, but he refuses to believe it. Ma Grisson is shot by rival gangsters when she cannot get Slim to the phone. The police surround the cabin where Slim and Miss Blandish are holed up and gun Slim down, "rescuing" the kidnap victim and returning her safely home. She throws herself from her balcony over the loss of Slim.


  • Jack La Rue as Slim Grisson
  • Hugh McDermott as Dave Fenner
  • Linden Travers as Miss Blandish
  • Walter Crisham as Eddie Schultz
  • MacDonald Parke as Doc
  • Danny Green as Flyn
  • Lilli Molnar as Ma Grisson
  • Charles Goldner as Louis, Headwaiter
  • Zoe Gail as Margo
  • Leslie Bradley as Ted Bailey
  • Richard Neilson as Riley
  • Frances Marsden as Anna Borg
  • Michael Balfour as Barney
  • Bill O'Connor as Johnny
  • Production

    Jane Russell was sought for the leading role. The part was eventually played by Linden Travers.

    The film was meant to be the first of eight films shot in Britain that were set in America. James Minter was the executive behind the idea.

    Censorship Battles

    Censors requested that a 45 second kiss be reduced to 20 seconds. They also requested a scene be reshot where a character was beaten to death, which cost the producers three thousand pounds.


    The film caused enormous controversy on its release, because of the high levels of violence that had got past the film censors. Though made with a largely British cast, it was set in New York, with the actors often struggling with their American accents.

    No Orchids for Miss Blandish received strong criticism for its treatment of violence and sexuality. Cliff Goodwin says that it was "unanimously dubbed 'the worst film ever made'" by British reviewers. The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism ever to be shown on a cinema screen". The Observer reviewer, C. A. Lejeune, described the film as "this repellent piece of work" that "scraped up all the droppings of the nastier type of Hollywood movie". The Sunday Express film reviewer called No Orchids for Miss Blandish "the worst film I have ever seen". The British film critic Derek Winnert quotes reviewer Dilys Powell as writing that the film should be ‘branded with a “D” certificate for disgusting’. The Australian newspaper The Age also gave a harsh review: "No Orchids for Miss Blandish is not only a disgrace to the studio that made it, but it also reflects on the British industry as a whole...the entire production is unpardonable". The film was also denounced by the Bishop of London, William Wand, and several UK politicians, including Edith Summerskill. Despite this condemnation, the film was commercially successful.

    More recent critics have been equally dismissive, though for different reasons. Leslie Halliwell would later describe No Orchids for Miss Blandish as a "hilariously awful gangster of the worst films ever made". Leonard Maltin in Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide states No Orchids for Miss Blandish "aspires to be a Hollywood film noir and misses by a mile".

    A number of cinemas refused to show the film.

    The film broke box office records in Britain in territories where it was not banned.

    Other versions

    It was later remade as The Grissom Gang by Robert Aldrich in 1971.


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