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Bill and Coo (1948)

The feathered residents of Chirpendale are terrorized by an evil black crow by the name of "The Black Menace". But to the citizen's rescue comes a brave young taxi puller named Bill!


Dean Riesner


Royal Foster (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Burton's Birds Burton's Birds ... Bill / Coo (as George Burton's Love Birds)
Jimmy the Crow Jimmy the Crow ... The Black Menace (as Curley Twiford's Jimmy the Crow)
George Burton George Burton ... George Burton (Prologue)
Elizabeth Walters Elizabeth Walters ... Elizabeth Walters (Prologue)
Ken Murray ... Ken Murray (Prologue)


Welcome to Chirpendale. There's plenty of parking space, plus it has everything: a bar where bird citizens can drink junebug sundaes and listen to jazzy music. But the bird citizens are terrorized by an evil raven called "The Black Menace", but a pluck young bird named Bill Singer, who's a taxi driver by day, comes to the aid of a damsel in distress, Coo, who's trapped in a fire. And soon the circus comes to town, Bill and Coo get box perches and witness ferocious feats and even laugh along with Cannonball Twitcher on an out of control motorcycle! But soon The Black Menace returns, and Bill and the rest of the citizens put together a plan to put him away for good. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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bird | taxi | motorcycle | fire | raven | See All (18) »


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Release Date:

28 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bill e Lú See more »

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Production Co:

Ken Murray Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The players are real birds dressed like humans. See more »


References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »


The Washington Post
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the circus parade
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great film, pure fantasy, sweet (maybe a little syrupy) but over all an enthralling film.
14 June 2004 | by sgyetkobearSee all my reviews

A great film. Truly an overlooked gem. An 'All Bird' movie. And, it's not just for 'bird people'. It's got action, adventure, love and comedy. A film for everyone, although I myself would not let anyone under the age of 8 see it alone. The scene where to hotel's on fire and you can see all these birds flapping around through the windows, looking very convincingly panic stricken, is very real. It might be a good idea to be there just to assure the child that 'no, they're not going to hurt the birds, it looks like they're in danger but it's just 'acting'. Outside of that, it's a great film. Maybe kids are tougher these days, maybe I'm a bit 'out of touch', but it is something to consider. However, don't let that one little bit deter you from seeing this great movie. My wife and I catch it two or three times a year. We taped it when it was broadcast late at night by WLIW-Ch. 21, Garden City, New York. Good IL' PBS!

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