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The Humming Bird (1924)

A pickpocket falls in love with a newspaperman. When he is sent off to war, she disguises herself as a boy, joins a gang and sets out to save him.


Sidney Olcott


Maude Fulton (play), Forrest Halsey




Cast overview:
Gloria Swanson ... Toinette
Edmund Burns ... Randall Carey
William Ricciardi ... Papa Jacques
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Charlot
Mario Majeroni Mario Majeroni ... La Roche
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... The Owl
Helen Lindroth ... Henrietta Rutherford
Rafael Bongini Rafael Bongini ... Bouchet
Regina Quinn Regina Quinn ... Beatrice
Aurelio Coccia Aurelio Coccia ... Bosque
Jacques D'Auray ... Zi-Zi
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Alias "The Humming Bird," Toinette is leader of a gang of thieves in the Montmartre section of Paris. American reporter Randall Carey falls in love with her. The Great War breaks out, Carey enlists, and Toinette inspires her gang to fight for France. Toinette, arrested as she is giving her spoils to the church, is imprisoned. When she hears that Carey has been badly wounded, she escapes and is reunited with him. Carey recovers, and Toinette receives the War Cross for her work in recruiting some heroic soldiers. Written by Pamela Short

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Gloria as a boy and girl in the same picture! A remarkable double role in an exciting story of the Parisian underworld. (Print Ad-Warsaw Daily Times, Warsaw, Ind.)) 3 June 1924) See more »




Did You Know?


Gloria Swanson developed Kleig-Eye during production (eye irritation from the studio lights) and had to take a week off. Director Sidney Olcott worked around her, filming scenes showing the 1914 war mobilization of Paris, as well as Armistice Day in 1918. See more »


Referenced in Les dossiers de l'écran: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969) See more »

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Release Date:

13 January 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A montmartrei farkasok See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA


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1.33 : 1
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