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The Dove (1927)




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Adapted from the warhorse stage play by Willard Mack, The Dove proved a so-so vehicle for Norma Talmadge, but the lady's box-office appeal helped to overcome the film's weaker passages. Set in a mythical Mediterranean country, the story is motivated by despotic political boss Don José (Noah Beery Sr.) Madly in love with cabaret dancer Dolores (Talmadge), Don José is sorely annoyed when the girl evinces a preference for gambler Johnny Powell (Gilbert Roland). Pulling strings and calling in favors, Don José frames Johnny on a murder charge and sentences the poor fellow to the firing squad. But when Dolores implies that Don José is "less than a man" because he fears Johnny's competition, the villain relents and sets the gambler free -- losing his girl in the process, but regaining his bluster and bravado. The Dove was remade in 1932 as Girl of the Rio, then again in 1939 as The Girl and the Gambler; in both cases, Leo Carrillo took over from Noah Beery as the "good bad man."


Noah Beery Sr.
as Don Jose Sandoval
Noah Beery Sr.
as Don Jose Sandoval
Gilbert Roland
as Johnny Powell
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Critic Reviews for The Dove

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The Dove doesn't threaten to get under the skin and hasn't the dramatic intensity of the play. It's spasmodically slow.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

[West] has done some very clever work on this production. It has real atmosphere and, although there is a desire to make Miss Talmadge... a trifle too much of a guitar-playing angel, once one accepts this sweet girl the story runs along nicely.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Withal, the story moves forward with painful slowness. It is really only hackneyed melodrama that the producer has decked out in all this scenic paraphernalia.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Plot, photography, direction and the performances of Noah Beery and Norma Talmadge, make the picture about three notches better than the run of hot country idylls.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a splendid picturization of a highly entertaining story.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Dull and colorless.

July 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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