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The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 15 January 1940 (USA)
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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Certificate:

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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

Gale Sondergaard was originally cast as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but she instead chose the role of Tylette the Cat in this film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Tyltyl: [sees the bird] Look, Mytyl! There's one!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of The Blue Bird (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come Little Children
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Edward B. Powell and Frank Tresselt
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First of all, "Oz" was NOT a flop
17 August 2004 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

One of the film industries "urban legends" is that "The Wizard of Oz" was a flop on release. This is simply not the case. While it did not immediately become the "icon" that "Gone With the Wind" quickly blossomed into, it was a success. Crowds swarmed to its roadshow engagements. However, its budget was huge by 1939 standards (over $2.5 million), and it didn't make as much money as smaller pictures would have - obviously. "The Blue Bird" was 20th's response, and IT indeed was a flop. Unlike "Oz," numerous television showings have not endeared it to new audiences over the years, and it has largely been forgotten, as has been the bloated Russian/American bizarre remake from the 70s.

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland toured the large cities with an "Oz" roadshow during its initial run, and the houses were packed - EVERYWHERE. Again, the word "flop" is simply not applicable to MGM's film. Keep in mind that movies cost about 10 - 25 cents in 1939, and "Oz"'s budget is equivalent to roughly $250 million in 2004.

I would guess that "The Blue Bird" also required a massive budget, from the looks of it. But people were NOT lined up around the block for that one.

"BB" is worth a look, if only to see how NOT to make a lavish musical for a studio cash cow.

(Oh my, I'm not useful. 2005)


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