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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.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Tod Browning (story), Joseph Farnham (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Dan - The Blackbird / The Bishop
Owen Moore ... Bertram P. Glayde aka West End Bertie
Renée Adorée ... Fifi Lorraine
Doris Lloyd ... Limehouse Polly
Andy MacLennan Andy MacLennan ... The Shadow (as Andy Maclennan)
William Weston William Weston ... Red
Sidney Bracey ... Bertie's No. 1 Man
Ernie Adams ... Bertie's No. 2 Man
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Lon Chaney in his successor to "The Unholy Three". (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Bird See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$166,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$249,648, 31 December 1926
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 Bishop: My boy, you must first return everything you have stolen.
West End Bertie: You have suggested my intensions... precisely!
The Bishop: When you 'ave done this, then come to me. I will always be your friend.
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

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Chaney Carries an Average Programmer
10 June 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Caught this one at the Film Forum in NYC recently. I have not seen a great deal of Lon Chaney's work outside of 'Phantom' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' but I thought he was excellent in his dual role in 'The Blackbird'. In fact, he carried the picture and the rest of the cast in this fairly routine melodrama set in the Limehouse district of 1920's London.

Had not seen Owen Moore before but I felt he was very competent. A veteran of silents, he died prematurely in the late '30's. Renee Adoree was a perky ball of fluff and added her good looks to the proceedings.

I did think the premise of the story was a stretch, especially as he presumably hoodwinked his ex-wife as well as all others with his dual-existence duplicity. The sets and the extras seemed extremely authentic and added immeasurably to the production.

This was worth the price of admission, especially Chaney's virtuoso performance. I hope to see others in the future to determine if this was an exception or the norm.


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