The Firebird (1934 film)

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The Firebird
Directed by William Dieterle
Written by Charles Kenyon
Jeffrey Dell (adaptation)
Based on the play Muvesz Szinhaz
by Lajos Zilahy
Starring Verree Teasdale
Ricardo Cortez
Lionel Atwill
Anita Louise
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros. / The Vitaphone Corp.
Release date
  • November 3, 1934 (1934-11-03)
Running time
74-75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Firebird is a 1934 murder mystery film starring Verree Teasdale, Ricardo Cortez, Lionel Atwill and Anita Louise, and directed by William Dieterle. A philandering Viennese actor is killed. In the murder scene, the camera sees what the killer does, hiding the culprit's identity.[1]



The New York Times reviewer, Andre Sennwald, dismissed it as "an ordinary mystery melodrama." "Among the definite failings of this smoothly filmed edition of Lajos Zilahy's play is the circumstance that, like the original, it conceals the actual murderer from the audience for such an extended period that the motivation for the homicide never becomes completely real."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Andre Sennwald (November 15, 1934). "The Firebird (1934): The Screen; Murder of a Disagreeable Actor in 'The Firebird,' the New Photoplay at the Strand". The New York Times.

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