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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

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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:

Lon Chaney in his successor to "The Unholy Three". (Newspaper ad cut). See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Bird See more »

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Budget:

$166,000 (estimated)
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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

Bartender: Frenchy, 'e's waitin' in the bar for you.
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Connections

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

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Lon Chaney Gets Bent Out of Shape
30 October 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

London's Limehouse District, "with its lust, greed, and love," lightly blankets its citizens in a sea of fog. There, ambidextrous Lon Chaney (as Dan Tate) successfully spends his nights thieving as "The Blackbird"; and, otherwise, masquerading as his own benevolent, but deformed, brother "The Bishop". Mr. Chaney likes to visit the local pub, where he falls for charming French entertainer Renée Adorée (as Fifi Lorraine). But, Ms. Adorée also attracts suave Owen Moore (as Bertram P. Glayde). Mr. Moore is a rival crook, who goes by the name "West End Bertie". So, conniving Chaney uses his respectable "Bishop" disguise to come between the increasingly more successful Adorée-Moore romance.

This is a formulaic Browning/Chaney film, featuring one of the versatile actor's lesser "disguises". For his transformation, Cheney twists an arm and a leg out of shape. It's more difficult than it looks to walk around in the disjointed position. Of course, Chaney's performance is outstanding. In particular, watch his reaction shots, which are incredibly accurate in mirroring whatever he is looking at, or reacting to. Co-stars Moore and Adorée also shine. Adorée had just been seen in "The Big Parade", and Moore has one of his meatier 1920s roles. Also enjoyable is Doris Lloyd (as "Limehouse" Polly), the ex-wife who loves Chaney.

******* The Blackbird (1926) Tod Browning ~ Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Renée Adorée


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