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The Humming Bird
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Release Date:   13 Jan 1924
Duration (in feet):   7,490 or 7,577
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Gloria Swanson (Toinette)  
    Edward Burns (Randall Carey)  
    William Ricciardi ("Papa" Jacques)  
    Cesare Gravina (Charlot)  
    Mario Majeroni (La Roche)  
    Adrienne D'Ambricourt (The Owl)  
    Helen Lindroth (Henrietta Rutherford)  
    Rafael Bongini (Bouchet)  
    Regina Quinn (Beatrice)  
    Aurelio Coccia (Bosque)  
    Jacques D'Auray (Zi-Zi)  

Summary: Toinette, alias "The Humming Bird," is leader of a gang of apache thieves in the Montmartre section of Paris. American reporter Randall Carey falls in love with her. The Great War breaks out, Carey enlists, and Toinette inspires her gang to fight for France. Toinette, arrested as she is giving her spoils to the church, is imprisoned. When she hears that Carey has been badly wounded, she escapes and is reunited with him. Carey recovers, and Toinette receives the War Cross for her work in recruiting some heroic soldiers. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Sidney Olcott (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
Writer: Forrest Halsey (Adpt)
Photography: Harry Fischbeck (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Patricia Rooney (Film ed)
Production Misc: Jacques D'Auray (Tech adv)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the play The Humming Bird by Maude Fulton (New York, 15 Jan 1923).
Authors: Maude Fulton

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 23/1/1924 dd/mm/yyyy LP19848

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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): Apaches--Paris
  Paris (France)--Montmartre
  World War I

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