English intertitles Release dateDecember 31, 1927 Based onThe Dove
by Willard Mack WriterGerald Beaumont (story), Paul Bern, Willard Mack (play), Willard Mack (screenplay), Wallace Smith (adaptation), Wallace Smith (titles), Roland West (adaptation) ScreenplayRoland West, Willard Mack, Paul Bern, Wallace Smith CastNoah Beery (Don José María y Sandoval), Gilbert Roland (Johnny Powell), Eddie Borden (Billy), Harry Myers (Mike), Norma Talmadge (Dolores) Similar moviesTempest (1928), The Devil Dancer (1927), The Way of All Flesh (1927), Two Arabian Knights (1927), Sorrell and Son (1927)
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.
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. the film was Norma Talmadge's first feature for United Artists.
Norma Talmadge as Dolores
Noah Beery as Don José María y Sandoval
Gilbert Roland as Johnny Powell
Eddie Borden as Billy
Harry Myers as Mike
Walter Daniels as The Drunk
Kalla Pasha as The Comandante
Michael Vavitch as Gómez
Brinsley Shaw as The Patriot
Charles Darvas as The Comandante's Captain
Michael Dark as Sandoval's Captain
Olga Baclanova - Bit part
Though the film was not well received, William Cameron Menzies won the first Academy Award for Best Art Direction in 1928 for this film and Tempest, though the award was then called "Interior Decoration."
At the Library of Congress are reels 1, 3, 4, and 8. The film is missing reels 2, 5, 6, 7, and 9.
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
The Dove won the 1929 Academy Award for 'Best Art Direction' for William Cameron Menzies.