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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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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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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

The blue bird of the title was paid $50 a day, and flew away from a Los Angeles aviary soon after the movie was finished. 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

Referenced in Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Lay Dee O
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Shirley Temple
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The Best Movie Ever
15 April 2006 | by reijanevianaSee all my reviews

I've seen this movie a couple of times and I just can't get enough. I simply love it, since I was a little child. I watched it for the first time when I was a teenager in the 80's and I still love it. All the characters are special to me, even the cat. She is mean but we can learn from her that we cannot trust everyone that says they're our friend. The dog is amazing. Always trusting. Someone you really can rely on. And the bird, of course, which is a metaphor for happiness. Maybe it's not in the past or future but here and now. Maybe it's within us, but never out there, or somewhere we've never been to, or someone we've never met.


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