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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

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Bird See more »

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Budget:

$166,000 (estimated)
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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 Blackbird: Want me to tell your Dad you're with a Chink?
[Young lady starts to cry]
The Blackbird: Go 'ome and get that paint off your face!
[Kicks young lady in her behind as she leaves the vaudeville theater]
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Strange tale permits Chaney to give memorable performance...
27 October 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If it weren't for the acting technique of LON CHANEY, here deceiving others by assuming a dual role, THE BLACKBIRD would be a lot less interesting to discuss. The plot at first promises to be intriguing, but soon becomes bogged down in a story of petty jealousy between two crooked men for the affections of a pretty girl.

OWEN MOORE is the aristocratic looking gentleman thief in love with RENEE ADOREE, as is Chaney. One of the film's saving graces are the close-ups of Chaney glowering at Moore when he realizes he's winning the heart of the girl that both of them love. Chaney uses all of his facial mannerisms in a way that makes the screen titles almost unnecessary since he tells everything with his eyes and his body movements.

But the thin plot is the culprit here. Many scenes drag on too long without sufficient reason to and the plot is ultimately a weak one by any standards. Todd Browning does get a terrific performance from Chaney, though, and that's the chief reason for watching in the first place.

The tawdry atmosphere of the Limehouse London scenes is effective but the story's ending is a weakness.

Summing up: Highly watchable for Chaney alone.


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