The Blue Bird (March 31, 1918)

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The Blue Bird
 

Released on March 31, 1918: A young brother and sister follow a Fairy princess on a journey to find the blue bird of happiness.

Directed by Maurice Tourneur

The Actors: Tula Belle (Mytyl Tyl), Robin Macdougall (Tyltyl Tyl), Edwin E. Reed (Daddy Tyl), Emma Lowry (Mummy Tyl), William J. Gross (Grandpa Gaffer Tyl), Florence Anderson (Granny Tyl), Edward Elkas (widow Berlingot), Katherine Bianchi (widow Berlingot's ill daughter), Lillian Cook (Fairy Berylune), Gertrude McCoy (Light), Lyn Donelson (Night), Charles Ascot (dog), Tom Corless (cat), Mary Kennedy (water), Eleanor Masters (milk), Charles Craig (sugar), Sammy Blum (bread), S.E. Potapovitch (fire), Rose Rolanda (unknown)

 

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Searching for the Blue Bird of Happiness

In 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress called this 1918 motion picture the first ever family film. Produced by Alolph Zukor, who later founded Paramount Pictures, this story is about two young children in search of happiness. While they look out their modest home windows at the wealthy mansion nearby and think that happiness must be contained inside that home. Next door the sickly daughter of a poor widow sees the bird in a cage inside the brother and sister's house and becomes convinced that if she could have that bird she would be happy and well, so her mother asks the young boy and girl if they would give her their bird so that her daughter might be well and happy. The little sister protests and refuses to give the widow lady their pet bird. That night while the little brother and sister sleep a fairy appears and gives the little brother a magic hat that allows the kids to 'see' the soul of all things . . . like milk, dog, sugar, bread and fire. The fairy tells them that if they can find the blue bird they will have health and happiness forever, but the journey to find this elusive bird will be dangerous. The young brother and sister follow the Fairy to the Palace of Night, a graveyard where death comes to life at midnight, the Palace of Happiness and finally the Kingdom of the Future in search of the blue bird. After an amazing journey with the magical fairy they finally discover the secret of the blue bird, and we also will learn the secret of happiness and health. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it, grab the kids and join the search for the blue bird of happiness.

Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle see the Fairy
Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle see the Fairy
Charles Ascot and Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle
Charles Ascot and Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle
Charles Craig
Charles Craig
Edward Elkas asks Tula Belle for the bird
Edward Elkas asks Tula Belle for the bird
Edwin E. Reed and Emma Lowry
Edwin E. Reed and Emma Lowry
Eleanor Masters
Eleanor Masters
Emma Lowry and Edwin E. Reed
Emma Lowry and Edwin E. Reed
Emma Lowry and Robin Macdougall
Emma Lowry and Robin Macdougall
Faries watch over the sleeping children
Faries watch over the sleeping children
Florence Anderson and William J. Gross
Florence Anderson and William J. Gross
Gertrude McCoy
Gertrude McCoy as the Godess of Light
Gertrude McCoy
Gertrude McCoy
Katherine Bianchi with the blue bird
Katherine Bianchi with the blue bird
Katherine Bianchi sees the bird through her window
Katherine Bianchi sees the bird through her window
Lillian Cook and Tom Corless
Lillian Cook and Tom Corless
Lillian Cook as Fairy Berylune
Lillian Cook as Fairy Berylune
Lyn Donelson and Charles Ascot
Lyn Donelson and Charles Ascot
Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
Robin Mcdougall, Gertrude McCoy and Tula Belle
Robin Mcdougall, Gertrude McCoy and Tula Belle
Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle discover the blue bird
Robin Macdougall and Tula Belle discover the blue bird
Robin Macdougall
Robin Macdougall
Sammy Blum
Sammy Blum
Tom Corless
Tom Corless
Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall and Gertrude McCoy and Lillian Cook
Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall and Gertrude McCoy and Lillian Cook
Tula Belle and Robin Macdougall
Tula Belle and Robin Macdougall