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The Blue Eagle (1926)

George and Big Jim are comrades in the Navy but rivals outside it, both fighting for the love of Rose, the local policeman's daughter. When the war is over Father Regan tries to unite them ... See full summary »

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Gerald Beaumont (story "The Lord's Referee"), Gordon Rigby (scenario) (as L.G. Rigby) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... George Darcy
Janet Gaynor ... Rose Kelly
William Russell ... Big Tim Ryan
Margaret Livingston ... Mrs. Mary Rohan
Robert Edeson ... Chaplain Regan - aka Father Joe
Philip Ford Philip Ford ... Limpy Darcy (as Phillip Ford)
David Butler ... Nick 'Dizzy' Galvani
Lew Short Lew Short ... Sergeant Kelly
Ralph Sipperly Ralph Sipperly ... Slats 'Dip' Mulligan
Jerry Madden Jerry Madden ... Baby Tom
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George and Big Jim are comrades in the Navy but rivals outside it, both fighting for the love of Rose, the local policeman's daughter. When the war is over Father Regan tries to unite them against dope traffic that has George's brother in it, and to make them settle their differences through a boxing fight. Written by BSK

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Taglines:

A FIGHTING DRAMA OF ADVENTURE, COURAGE, LOYALTY AND STRENGTH ON THE HIGH SEAS (original lobby card-all caps)

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Master See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In 1997, the Library of Congress created a newly restored version using three sources of materials each of which were incomplete and suffered from nitrate damage. It has an uncredited piano score and runs 58 minutes, with an additional 3 minutes showing differences of domestic and foreign versions in two sequences. Funds were supplied by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, and the restoration was assisted by the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique, Mrs. Rusty Casselton, Mrs. Liba Wapson and Mrs. Karen Latham Everson. Missing intertitles were re-created from the copyright script. Several missing scenes are explained by intertitles, and there is still sections heavily damaged by nitrate decomposition. See more »

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The Cast Makes It Worth Watching
8 November 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Blue Eagle (1926)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

George (George O'Brien) and 'Big' TIm (WIlliam Russell) are in the Navy fighting in WWI but they spend more time battling each other because they're both in love with Rose (Janet Gaynor). After the war they return home and start fighting over the girl but soon drugs are destroying their town so they decide to fight that.

THE BLUE EAGLE is a rather bizarre film from director John Ford. It clocks in at just 56-minutes and is said to be missing at least a reel and possibly more. The print I watched from The Library of Congress is missing an entire battle sequence early on, which was supposed to be the highlight of the picture.

I'm curious if more is missing here but as it stands in its current version, it's certainly worth watching if you're a fan of the director. The majority of the running time is more slapstick than anything else as the two men name call and fight each other and in fact that are two scenes inside a ring, which is a lot considering the already short running time.

The performances by the three leads are good enough to where you should watch the picture and that's especially true for Gaynor. The film isn't a complete success because the back-and-forth love triangle just isn't all that funny and the drug scenario pretty much comes out of nowhere and almost seems like it should be a separate movie.


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