The Dove (1927 film)

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The Dove
Dove poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byRoland West
Produced byNorma Talmadge
Joseph M. Schenck
Written byGerald Beaumont (story)
Roland West (adaptation)
Wallace Smith (adaptation, intertitles)
Based onThe Dove
by Willard Mack
StarringNorma Talmadge
Noah Beery
Gilbert Roland
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byHal C. Kern
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 31, 1927 (1927-12-31)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Dove is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Roland West based on a 1925 Broadway play by Willard Mack and starring Norma Talmadge, Noah Beery, and Gilbert Roland.[1]


The original story is about Mexican despot Don José (Beery), who falls in love with the dancing girl Dolores (Talmadge) who rejects him. Due to the potential political repercussions of condemning Mexico, it was decided to relocate the plot to some anonymous Mediterranean country. The film was Norma Talmadge's first feature for United Artists.[2]


A despot falls for a dancing girl. After she rejects him, she has her other beau framed for murder.[3]



Though the film was not well received, William Cameron Menzies won the first Academy Award for Best Art Direction in 1928 for this film[1] and Tempest, though the award was then called "Interior Decoration."[4][dead link] At the Library of Congress are reels 1, 3, 4, and 8. The film is missing reels 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9.[5][6]

In 1932, Herbert Brenon directed a new talkie version named Girl of the Rio, starred by Dolores del Rio for RKO Radio Pictures.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Dove won the 1929 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for William Cameron Menzies.[1][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Reid, John (2004). Award-Winning Films of the 1930s. p. 69. ISBN 9781411614321.
  2. ^ "Norma Talmadge in The Dove". St. Petersberg Times. Google archives. April 1, 1928. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  3. ^ The Dove, retrieved 2019-09-08
  4. ^ "NY Times: The Dove". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  5. ^ Anna May Wong: A Complete guide to Her Film, Stage, Radio and Television Work by Philip Leibfried and Chei Mi Lane page 59 c.2004
  6. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Dove at
  7. ^ "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2019.

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