Furs in Film – No More Orchids

After our last 70’s horror flicks, it’s back to one of my co-favorite decades, the 1930’s, with another Carole Lombard outing. This is No More Orchids, which, though it predates The Eagle and the Hawk by only a year, is actually separated chronologically by three other Carole Lombard films. This was back when movie studios, you know, made movies. Lot’s of ’em.

No More Orchids – The Film

Miss Lombard stars as Anne Holt, a “spoiled heiress.” To provide some insight into my methodology for picking films to record, any combination of 193x and “heiress” are “must haves.” Grass is green, the sky is blue, and films from the 30’s about heiresses have fur in them, this is pretty much a universal law. I’m close to adding a “+divorce” rider to that, but No More Orchids doesn’t have a divorce plot. No, it’s a pretty straightforward “love conquers all” plot with Anne falling in love with Tony, and overcoming betrothal and blackmail on the part of her grandfather, the richest man in America.

No More Orchids – The Furs

As alluded to earlier, heiresses from the 30’s wear furs, and Anne Holt is no exception. Anne wears three different fox and fox trimmed outfits over the course of the film. The opener is probably the best, but the others are quite enjoyable as well. We have white fox, and

We open on Anne Holt, passed out in her cabin on a cruise. Passed out in style in this big white fox wrap.

Anne get’s a ride from Tony Gage (Lyle Talbot).

The ride was at the behest of Anne’s grandmother, also on the cruise with Anne, seen here later as Anne has replaced her white fox warp with, black and white being what it is, what may be a red or blue fox wrap. It may be electric pink fox, but I doubt it. The wrap accents what appears to be a black satin dress nicely.

Anne and Tony meet again on the deck, where, as they stare out a the ocean, we get a good glimpse of the rear of the wrap. Always appreciate it when a good fur is shown from all angles over the course of a scene.

Anne and Tony start to fall in love. Altogether now… Awwwww…

Closeup of Carole Lombard’s face framed by fox fur, because that’s pretty much what this site is about.

Later on, her grandfather’s threats to their relationship pile up, Anne goes to get advice from her father. She does this in a dress trimmed with very large fox sleeves.

This is one of those things I wish never went out of fashion, big fox trim on random evening wear.

No More Orchids is one of those films that’s not particularity memorable, well, for anything but the furs. In terms of film history, it merely exists, but for fur fashion, it provides a nice contribution. Lombard in fur looks amazing as always, despite the fact there were no full length coats in the film, the wraps and trim are used to great effect.

Gallery Link: The Furs of 1932’s No More Orchids

One Comment to “Furs in Film – No More Orchids”

  1. Miss Lombard actually wears a fur trimmed evening jacket whilst pedalling an exercise bicycle! I just love those thirties films.

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