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Brooklyn Orchid (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 January 1942 (USA)
Taxicab company owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett rescue Lucy Gibbs from a suicide attempt and she insists on placing her life and destiny in the hands of her two rescuers. From there, ... See full summary »


Kurt Neumann


Earle Snell (screenplay), Clarence Marks (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
William Bendix ... Timothy 'Tim' McGuerin
Joe Sawyer ... Eddie Corbett
Marjorie Woodworth ... Lucy 'The Brooklyn Orchid' Gibbs
Grace Bradley ... Sadie McGuerin
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Tommy Lyman Goodweek (as Skeets Gallagher)
Florine McKinney ... Mabel Cooney
Leonid Kinskey ... Ignatz Rachkowsky
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Sterling, McGuerin's Butler
Jack Norton ... Jonathan McFeeder


Taxicab company owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett rescue Lucy Gibbs from a suicide attempt and she insists on placing her life and destiny in the hands of her two rescuers. From there, the two men try to keep their guardianship of the blonde young rescuee from Tim's socially ambitious wife, Sadie McGuerin, and Eddie's fiancée Mabel Cooney. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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And what an explosion of laughs when Brooklyn Orchid won't let the two toughest mugs in Manhattan out of her sight...no, not even long enough to go home to their wives! See more »




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Release Date:

31 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reine de Brooklyn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 27 June 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as the premiere offering of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures.It first aired in Baltimore 10 November 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2). See more »


Followed by Taxi, Mister (1943) See more »

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Painless Second Feature
30 April 2007 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

This is a perfectly disposable entertainment, most notable for having William Bendix, some location shooting at a ritzy resort, and some OK gags, some of which are a little closer to risqué than usual for early 40s cinema. The better jokes invovlve a party about one-third into the movie.

Plot? A couple taxi drivers who hit it rich have girlfriends who want to move up in society. While playing hooky from the party, our heroes fish the "Brooklyn Orchard" out of the water, foiling her suicide attempt. Whereupon, she declares that since the boys fished her from certain death, they now own her life. The result is standard farce fare.

Why watch? The ladies are pretty and clothes they are wearing are better than the usual B frock. The drunken music critic who turns up in the second reel is funny.

Why not watch? The depiction of men as loutishly stupid and women as scheming plotters feels mean spirited outside of a Laurel & Hardy movie. And there is nothing here you can't find in many better movies (or, for that matter, in an episode of Friends).

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