The Black Orchid (film)

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The Black Orchid
Black Orchid 1958.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Martin Ritt
Produced by Marcello Girosi
Starring Sophia Loren
Anthony Quinn
Music by Alessandro Cicognini
Cinematography Robert Burks
Edited by Howard A. Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 1958 (1958)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

The Black Orchid is a 1958 film starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn.


Rose Bianco, (Sophia Loren) a florist widowed from a famous gangster, looks for happiness with widower Frank Valente (Anthony Quinn). Rose puts her son in a boarding, while for Frank, her grown up daughter Mary (Ina Balin) takes all care of. Mr. Harmon and Mary loves each other, but Mary refuse to marry Harmone because of her father’s taking care, She asks Harmone to marry her and stay with her in her father’s house. At the same time she refuses to accept Rose to get her father marry and join in the family. Before Fank’s wedding day Mary irons Frank’s cloths, cooked all the food and locks herself in her room. On the other hand, Rose’s son will fly away from the school, police will come to search him in the house.

On the day, Harmone will come and see Frank is sleeping on the couch and still Mary confined herself in upstairs too. He will ask her to come out, but there was no answer. Harmone will drop Frank in Rose’s house and will wait in the church. Frank will find out that Rose is waiting beside the telephone for his son’s news.

Frank will join Harmone in the church, and Rose will start for Frank’s house to meet Mary. Her son will come to the church and meet Frank. He will lead him back to the farm and manage with the boarding manager. On the other hand, thinking herself alone in the house, Mary will unlock the door and comes out side of the room. There she meets Rose. With lots of urgument she will make her understand her love for her father, and finally Mary will accept her.



  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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