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The Blue Bird (1918)

Not Rated | | Fantasy | 31 March 1918 (USA)
Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

Maurice Maeterlinck (play), Charles Maigne (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tula Belle Tula Belle ... Mytyl
Robin Macdougall Robin Macdougall ... Tyltyl
Edwin E. Reed Edwin E. Reed ... Daddy Tyl
Emma Lowry Emma Lowry ... Mummy Tyl
William J. Gross William J. Gross ... Grandpa Gaffer Tyl
Florence Anderson Florence Anderson ... Granny Tyl
Edward Elkas Edward Elkas ... Widow Berlingot
Katherine Bianchi Katherine Bianchi ... Widow Berlingot's Daughter
Lillian Cook Lillian Cook ... Fairy Berylune
Gertrude McCoy ... Light
Lyn Donelson Lyn Donelson ... Night
Charles Ascot Charles Ascot ... Dog
Tom Corless Tom Corless ... Cat
Mary Kennedy Mary Kennedy ... Water
Eleanor Masters Eleanor Masters ... Milk
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Storyline

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the diamond, the children become aware of and conversant with the souls of a Dog and Cat, as well as of Fire, Water, Bread, Light, and other presumably inanimate things. The troupe thus sets off to find the elusive Blue Bird of Happiness. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pájaro azul See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Maurice Tourneur grew up in France and worked at the famed film company Éclair. Éclair was interested in expanding its market in the US. So in 1914, since Tourneur spoke fluent English, it asked him to move there to manage its studio in Fort Lee, NJ. Shortly after arriving in Fort Lee he began working for other studios--including Paramount, which released this picture. See more »

Quotes

Tyltyl: We are in a great hurry. Do you happen to have the Bluebird?
Luxury-of-Being-Rich: Bluebird?... We have Turkey, Ortolan, Roc's eggs, Nightingale's tongues... No, I'm afraid not. Is he very delicious?
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Version of The Blue Bird (1940) See more »

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good old fantasy film
16 December 2018 | by gregberne11See all my reviews

There are a lot of old films that are not even worth wasting a few minutes on but this is one of the few old silent movies actually worth sitting through. of course it is black and white and the story moves slow, it does not compare with movies today, but at the time it would have been cutting edge and the story is interesting with good actors we've never heard of but liked. it is just a good fantasy story with no big effects or anything obviously. looks cool though and for it's time probably a real big hit?


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