Brooklyn Orchid is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Kurt Neumann and written by Earle Snell and Clarence Marks that was one of Hal Roach's Streamliners. The film stars William Bendix, Joe Sawyer, Marjorie Woodworth, Grace Bradley, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Florine McKinney and Leonid Kinskey. The film was released on January 31, 1942, by United Artists.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kurt Neumann|
|Produced by||Hal Roach|
|Screenplay by||Earle Snell|
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
|Music by||Edward Ward|
|Edited by||Ray Snyder|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
A couple of cab drivers, Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett, cope with the women in their lives. Tim's social-climbing wife Sadie has a secret, that she once worked as a stripper. Eddie's conniving sweetheart Mabel plans to use this information against Sadie when she becomes irritated by her.
Tim and Eddie go fishing and catch a whopper—a beautiful woman. Lucy Gibbs turns out to be the winner of the "Brooklyn Orchid" beauty pageant, but rather than he pleased, she's actually making a suicide attempt over its adverse effect on her life. She now blames Tim and Eddie for spoiling her plans.
The boys take their ladies to a health spa, but Lucy follows them and complicates matters. When a band strikes up, Sadie announces that Mabel is in the room and can do her "act." Lucy saves the day, pretending to be Sadie and hiding her secret. Sadie then cuts up Mabel's dress and tosses her into a swimming pool. Tim and Eddie decide not to go fishing again.
- William Bendix as Timothy 'Tim' McGuerin
- Joe Sawyer as Eddie Corbett
- Marjorie Woodworth as Lucy 'The Brooklyn Orchid' Gibbs
- Grace Bradley as Sadie McGuerin
- Richard "Skeets" Gallagher as Tommy Lyman Goodweek
- Florine McKinney as Mabel Cooney
- Leonid Kinskey as Ignatz Rachkowsky
- Rex Evans as Sterling, McGuerin's Butler
- Jack Norton as Jonathan McFeeder
- Ray Walker as Orchestra Leader/Emcee