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The Dove
Director: Roland West (Dir)
Release Date:   7 Jan 1928
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 31 Dec 1927
Duration (in feet):   9,100
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Norma Talmadge (Dolores)  
    Noah Beery (Don José María y Sandoval)  
    Gilbert Roland (Johnny Powell)  
    Eddie Borden (Billy)  
    Harry Myers (Mike)  
    Michael Vavitch (Gómez)  
    Brinsley Shaw (The Patriot)  
    Kalla Pasha (The Comandante)  
    Charles Darvas (The Comandante's Captain)  
    Michael Dark (Sandoval's Captain)  
    Walter Daniels (The drunk)  

Summary: Dolores, a dance hall girl known as "The Dove," is in love with a gambler named Johnny Powell. Don José, a wealthy caballero smitten by Dolores' beauty, frames Powell on a murder charge. Dolores bargains with Don José to release Powell in exchange for her freedom, but on the eve of her marriage to Don José, Powell returns from exile to claim Dolores. After an unsuccessful escape, Powell and Dolores are about to be shot when a crowd of bystanders forces Don José to release them. He relents, frees the prisoners, and gives them his carriage in which to depart. 

Production Company: Norma Talmadge Productions  
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.  
Director: Roland West (Dir)
Producer: Joseph M. Schenck (Pres)
Writer: Roland West (Adpt)
  Willard Mack (Adpt)
  Wallace Smith (Adpt, cont and titles)
  Paul Bern (Cont)
Photography: Oliver Marsh (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: William Cameron Menzies (Art dir)
Film Editor: Hal Kern (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the play The Dove by Willard Mack (New York, 11 Feb 1925), which was based on the short story "The Blue Ribbon" by Gerald Beaumont in Red Book Magazine (Jan 1923).
Authors: Willard Mack
  Gerald Beaumont

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Joseph Schenck 16/1/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP24864

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Genre: Romance
 
Subjects (Major): Dance hall girls
  Frame-ups
  Gambling
  Mexicans
  Murder

Note: William Cameron Menzies received the first art direction Academy Award, in part for his work on this film and for his work on Tempest (see below). RKO produced two sound adaptations of Willard Mack's play, the first in 1932 under the title Girl of the Rio , directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Dolores Del Rio, Leo Carrillo and Norman Foster. The second adaptation, entitled The Girl and the Gambler , was released in 1939. That film was directed by Lew Landers and starred Carrillo, Tim Holt and Stefi Duna (see entries below). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   8 Jan 1928.   
New York Times   3 Jan 1928   p. 28.
Variety   11 Jan 1928   p. 20.

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