APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 7: Bill and Coo (1948)

Shot on the world’s smallest film set, this film only has three humans — producer Ken Murray, bird trainer George Burton and Elizabeth Walters — show up in the opening. The stars are the birds of the town of Chirpendale. It was awarded an honorary Academy Award as it doesn’t really fit into the world of normal movies and we’re all better for that.

Bill, a cab driver, is trying to save Coo from a crow named the Black Menace. There’s also a circus act and man, you know, this movie was exactly what I needed the other day, just a fresh dose of innocence and fun.

Director Dean Riesner started as an actor before writing plenty of TV programs, as well as Dirty HarryPlay Misty for MeThe EnforcerFatal Beauty and many more films. He was also married to Maila Nurmi, who we all know better as Vampira.

Today, we may not understand the slang for this movie’s title, which means to sit and speak quietly. This movie is none of those things, a wild ride that has bird firemen, bird motorcyclists and no small matter of astounding bird heroics.

You can watch this on Tubi.

One thought on “APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 7: Bill and Coo (1948)

  1. I saw this thing for the first time a couple of years ago, and I still can’t believe it exists. It’s like a precursor of the TV show Lancelot Link, only with birds–and the casual racism of the era. I’ve often wondered what aliens would think about us earthlings if they watched this.


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