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The Black Orchid Details

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The title is Black Orchid, but the leading lady is a rose--florist Rose Bianco, played by [[Performer~P43272~Sophia Loren~sophialoren]]. Newly widowed, Rose holds herself responsible for the death of her husband, a well-known gangster. [[Performer~P107297~Anthony Quinn~anthonyquinn]] plays a widower who falls in love with Rose, much to the dismay of his daughter ([[Performer~P3554~Ina Balin~inabalin]]), who fears that [[Performer~P107297~Quinn~anthonyquinn]] 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 ([[Performer~P3342~Jimmy Baird~jimmiebaird]]). 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? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Sophia Loren Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1958 Winner

Cast

Sophia Loren
as Rose Bianco
Anthony Quinn
as Frank Valente
Mark Richman
as Noble
Ina Balin
as Mary Valente
Virginia Vincent
as Alma Gallo
Jimmie Baird
as Ralphie Bianco
Frank Puglia
as Henry Gallo
Whit Bissell
as Mr. Harmon
Zolya Talma
as Consuello

Crew

Martin Ritt
Director
Marcello Girosi
Producer
Carlo Ponti
Producer
Joseph Stefano
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Roland Anderson
Art Director
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