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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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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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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

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Lon Chaney...
9 June 2015 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

Perhaps, one of the lesser known collaborations between Lon Chaney Sr. and director Tod Browning--"The BlackBird" has all the conventional trappings of a Chaney/Browning film; or any Chaney Sr. film now that I think about it. One of those trappings being the "love triangle" as it seems that Chaney spends a fair amount of time pining for a woman who ends up falling in love with another man.

This film also has Lon playing a double role--no elaborate makeups to disguise himself with--just the master craftsman contorting his body to play the part of the crippled "Bishop", and his nefarious brother "The Blackbird." Apparently, the Blackbird needed a cover to help hide his criminal activities and thus the part of the Bishop comes into play.

"The Blackbird" starts off a bit slow, as we the audience are introduced to all the principal characters, but picks up steam towards the end. Overall, I can see why this movie is not one of the more well-known Chaney/Browning collaborations--not that I'm saying it's bad, far from it. It's a good movie & if you're a fan of Chaney Sr. then you will definitely add this one to your collection. Now, if someone could only find a surviving print of "London After Midnight."

7 stars


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