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The Blackbird (1926)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 13 February 1926 (USA)
Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

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Cast

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Dan - The Blackbird / The Bishop
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Bertram P. Glayde aka West End Bertie
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Fifi Lorraine
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Limehouse Polly
Andy MacLennan ...
The Shadow (as Andy Maclennan)
William Weston ...
Red
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Bertie's No. 1 Man
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Bertie's No. 2 Man
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Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

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"The Man Of A Thousand Faces" See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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13 February 1926 (USA)  »

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The Black Bird  »

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$166,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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The end credits have a dedication to "Hugh M. Hefner". Hugh Marston Hefner of Playboy fame was born in 1926- the same year as The Blackbird's release. See more »

Quotes

The Blackbird: I'm foolin' 'em... I'm foolin' 'em... I'm foolin' 'em -...
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Connections

Referenced in Partners in Crime: The Clergyman's Daughter (1983) See more »

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Lon Chaney...
9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps, one of the lesser known collaborations between Lon Chaney Sr. and director Tod Browning--"The BlackBird" has all the conventional trappings of a Chaney/Browning film; or any Chaney Sr. film now that I think about it. One of those trappings being the "love triangle" as it seems that Chaney spends a fair amount of time pining for a woman who ends up falling in love with another man.

This film also has Lon playing a double role--no elaborate makeups to disguise himself with--just the master craftsman contorting his body to play the part of the crippled "Bishop", and his nefarious brother "The Blackbird." Apparently, the Blackbird needed a cover to help hide his criminal activities and thus the part of the Bishop comes into play.

"The Blackbird" starts off a bit slow, as we the audience are introduced to all the principal characters, but picks up steam towards the end. Overall, I can see why this movie is not one of the more well-known Chaney/Browning collaborations--not that I'm saying it's bad, far from it. It's a good movie & if you're a fan of Chaney Sr. then you will definitely add this one to your collection. Now, if someone could only find a surviving print of "London After Midnight."

7 stars


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