The Black Orchid

The Black Orchid

Martin Ritt (1959)

U Certificate


Our Score
Hollywood, on the whole, gave the luscious Sophia Loren a raw deal, leaving her native Italy to provide worthy vehicles for her talent. Without her, and Anthony Quinn's excellent co-starring performance, this New York-based saga about a widower (Quinn) fighting his children's opposition to his marrying a gangster's widow (Loren) would hardly be worth staying in for. Nonetheless, the Italian star won the acting award at the Venice film festival for her sterling efforts in this romantic drama, competently directed by Martin Ritt.


A gangster's widow blames herself for her husband's death, as she becomes the subject of malicious rumours that she drove him to a life of crime. A man who is also widowed falls in love with her, but his daughter is determined to stop them from marrying. Comedy, starring Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Ina Balin and Peter Mark Richman.

Cast & Crew

Rose Bianco Sophia Loren
Frank Valente Anthony Quinn
Mary Valente Ina Balin
Noble Peter Mark Richman
Ralphie Bianco Jimmy Baird
Alma Gallo Virginia Vincent
Guilia Gallo Naomi Stevens
Henry Gallo Frank Puglia
Mr Harmon Whit Bissell
Joe Joe Di Reda
Director Martin Ritt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd