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Bill and Coo

Bill and Coo(1948)

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In the onscreen credits, songwriter Buddy DeSylva's surname was incorrectly spelled "DeSilva." The film's story idea came from an act that was included in Ken Murray's "Blackouts," which were popular stage shows in Hollywood. According to a 1954 Daily Variety news item, David W. Siegel co-produced this film with Murray, who provides a running narration. The picture won a "Special" Academy Award in 1947 for "novel and entertaining use of the medium of motion pictures." According to the Daily Variety item, Siegel acquired the distribution rights to the film in 1954 and planned to reissue it at that time. When the picture was shown on television in 1968, it was broadcast with twenty minutes of new introductory material provided by Murray. Aside from the prologue, in which Murray introduces the characters, the film is performed entirely by birds.