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Bill and Coo (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Family, Fantasy | 28 March 1948 (USA)
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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Plot Keywords:

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 »

Company Credits

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 »


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amazing work
28 February 2006 | by jomorrisSee all my reviews

A movie for pet bird owners and animal lovers. This is an amazing movie where birds are the actors. The effort and skill to make this movie was something else. Its doesn't have a complex plot. If you are looking for something deep and moving then go some where else, after all you are watching birds. Young children and bird lovers will really enjoy this. It's refreshing to see a movie that doesn't rely on CGI or camera tricks. The movie is a sort of melodrama about Bill and Coo and their town which is menaced by a evil crow. The is an older movie and does not seem to be available on DVD, which is a shame because it is very unique.

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