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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:

"The Man Of A Thousand Faces" 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

Title Card: London's Limehouse District - with its lust, greed, and love... a sea of fog; a stream of human faces.
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Connections

Referenced in Partners in Crime: The Clergyman's Daughter (1983) See more »

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A great role for Lon Chaney
31 August 2000 | by franzgehlSee all my reviews

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde in a bad quarter of London : Lon Chaney plays a double role in the film and in the story, a robber (the Raven) and a man who carries about poor people (the Bishop). The way of acting is remarkable because it's a silent movie. The great thing is that the Bishop is half-paralyzed so Lon Chaney has to play the contorsionist when he moves from Raven into Bishop. The strange atmosphere is very well described with threatening faces and slumhouses.


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