The Blue Bird
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When Darryl F. Zanuck's arrangement to loan Shirley Temple to MGM as star of The Wizard of Oz fell through, Zanuck hastily assembled a lavish Technicolor vehicle for his diminutive star which, he hoped, would match Wizard in popularity and appeal. The result was The Blue Bird, adapted from the allegorical stage play by Maurice Maeterlinck (previously filmed by director Maurice Tourneur in 1918). In emulation of The Wizard of Oz, The Blue Bird was bookended with black-and-white sequences, reserving Technicolor for the fantasy "body" of the film; similarly, Gale Sondergaard, who… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shirley Temple fantasy has some scares, outdated ideas."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"It's not at all a bad movie -- it's just not a lot of fun."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lavishly elaborate, but too leaden and allegorical for childre, this 1940 Fox fantasy was one of Shirley Temple's biggest commercial flops."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Colorful, but failed attempt to emulate fantasy world of "Wizard of Oz," starring Shirley Temple."
‑ Steve Crum,
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