Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Blue Bird

Released in 1940, The Blue Bird was 20th Century Fox's attempt to cash in on the success of MGM's The Wizard of Oz's success the year before. Shirley Temple plays a brat who undergoes a transformation after a magical journey in her dreams. The production was notable because the 12-year-old Temple suffered an assassination attempt while doing publicity for The Blue Bird. The film was a box office flop but was nominated for two Academy Awards. People recall it as either beloved or bizarre, depending on whether they first saw the movie as a child or as an adult. (Thanks, WTM!)

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