Bill and Coo (1948)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Family, Fantasy  |  28 March 1948 (USA)
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The feathered residents of Chirpendale are terrorized by an evil black crow by the name of "The Black Menace". But to the citizen's rescue comes a brave young taxi puller named Bill!



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Cast overview:
Burton's Birds ...
Bill / Coo (as George Burton's Love Birds)
Jimmy the Crow ...
The Black Menace (as Curley Twiford's Jimmy the Crow)
George Burton ...
Elizabeth Walters ...
Elizabeth Walters (Prologue)
Ken Murray ...


Welcome to Chirpendale. There's plenty of parking space, plus it has everything: a bar where bird citizens can drink junebug sundaes and listen to jazzy music. But the bird citizens are terrorized by an evil raven called "The Black Menace", but a pluck young bird named Bill Singer, who's a taxi driver by day, comes to the aid of a damsel in distress, Coo, who's trapped in a fire. And soon the circus comes to town, Bill and Coo get box perches and witness ferocious feats and even laugh along with Cannonball Twitcher on an out of control motorcycle! But soon The Black Menace returns, and Bill and the rest of the citizens put together a plan to put him away for good. Written by Dylan Self <>

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Release Date:

28 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bill e Lú  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The players are real birds dressed like humans. See more »


References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »


Lazy Mary
Played briefly when the interior of the boarding house is shown
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Just Lovely
10 July 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Definitely not a movie for everyone, but this movie is a treasure. Cast with lovely birds, kittens, puppies and a crow who makes the town of Chirpendale a living heck, Bill and Coo is an accomplishment. The tricks that the birds perform in the circus scene alone are great and storyline is engaging even for those who are young at heart. After watching this movie on late night public TV, I became enamored with it and feel it should be seen more rather than lay on the wayside of cinema history.

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