The Dove (1927 film)

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The Dove
The Dove lobby card.jpg
theatrical lobby card
Directed by Roland West
Produced by Norma Talmadge
Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Gerald Beaumont (story)
Roland West (adaptation)
Wallace Smith (adaptation,intertitles)
Based on The Dove
by Willard Mack
Starring Norma Talmadge
Noah Beery
Gilbert Roland
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Edited by Hal C. Kern
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
December 31, 1927
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

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


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

At the Library of Congress are reels 1, 3, 4, and 8. The film is missing reels 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9.[5]

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]


  1. ^ a b c Reid, John (2004). Award-Winning Films of the 1930s. p. 69. ISBN 9781411614321. 
  2. ^ The Dove at the database
  3. ^ "Norma Talmadge in The Dove". St. Petersberg Times. Google archives. April 1, 1928. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "NY Times: The Dove". NY 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

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