Above is a great picture of Richard Todd and Joan Rice taken in London (possibly at the Dorchester Hotel) on the 28th February 1951 in London. It had just been announced that they would star together in Walt Disney’s second live-action movie the ‘Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men (1952).’
The back of the picture explains that Richard is giving Joan her ‘first orchids’.
Was it an old theatrical tradition for the leading man to give his leading lady orchids when they sign their contracts? Perhaps my readers could let me know.