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The Blue Bird (1940)

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Maurice Maeterlinck (by), Ernest Pascal (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Mytyl
Spring Byington ... Mummy Tyl
Nigel Bruce ... Mr. Luxury
Gale Sondergaard ... Tylette
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Tylo
Sybil Jason ... Angela Berlingot
Jessie Ralph ... Fairy Berylune
Helen Ericson ... Light
Johnny Russell ... Tyltyl
Laura Hope Crews ... Mrs. Luxury
Russell Hicks ... Daddy Tyl
Cecilia Loftus ... Granny Tyl
Al Shean ... Grandpa Tyl
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Berlingot
Gene Reynolds ... Studious Boy
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Storyline

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pájaro azul See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (first reel)| Color (photographed in) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Considered Fox's answer to MGM's The Wizard of Oz (1939), the film was an expensive failure and marked the end of Shirley Temple's unimpeachable star power. Audiences found the idea of Shirley playing a nasty character hard to swallow. See more »

Goofs

When the group is in the Cemetery, Tylo jumps in the shallow grave instead of falling in. See more »

Quotes

Mummy Tyl: Your daddy got up at daybreak and made a cage for your bird. Do you like it?
Mytyl: Oh, Tyltyl, look! My bird, look what's happened to it! It's blue! It's the blue bird!
Daddy Tyl: The blue bird?
Mytyl: We looked everywhere for it, and all the time it was right here!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits listed in hand turned pages of a book. See more »

Connections

Remade as Mon meilleur Noël: L'oiseau bleu (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edward B. Powell and Frank Tresselt
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Lovely movie for children
4 August 2007 | by dapplegrey13See all my reviews

I haven't seen "The Bluebird" since I was about 10 years old or so (back in the late 1960's or early 1970's). It it still sticks with me and I think of it often. It was certainly a memorable film for a little girl. To me, it was a sweet picture of heaven and of home. It also reminded me very much of the close bond I had with my little brother. Every time I see a bluebird, I remember the movie. It made (and still makes) spotting a bluebird a wonderful experience. I hope it will come out on DVD soon so more people can see it and appreciate it. It's similar to the Wizard of Oz. It is a fantasy and a sentimental family film.


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