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The Firebird (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 3 November 1934 (USA)
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Carola Pointer
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Herman Brandt
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John Pointer
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Mariette Pointer
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Police Inspector Miller
Dorothy Tree ...
Mrs. Jolan Brandt
Helen Trenholme ...
Mlle. Josephine Mousquet, the Governess
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Emile, Brandt's Valet
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Halasz, the Apartment House Manager
Hal K. Dawson ...
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Russell Hicks ...
Mr. Beyer, the Stage Manager
Spencer Charters ...
Max Bauer, the Porter
Etienne Girardot ...
Professor Peterson
Florence Fair ...
Thelma, the Pointer's Maid
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Alice von Attem (as Nan Gray)
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The original play by Lajos Zilahy opened in Budapest, Hungary, on 25 February 1932. Jeffrey Dell's English adaptation opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 21 November 1932 and had 42 performances. See more »

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The Firebird Suite
(1919)
Music by Igor Stravinsky
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Played on a record several times
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Tepid melodrama from a stage play is typical of Warner's '30s product...
21 July 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

THE FIREBIRD is a very melodramatic story acted in ultra theatrical fashion by most of the cast, but especially VERREE TEASDALE as the concerned mother of ANITA LOUISE, both of whom are bothered by the attentions of a playboy actor (RICARDO CORTEZ) with designs on both of them.

LIONEL ATWILL is Teasdale's husband, who comes to believe that his wife is responsible for Cortez's death--until the case is thoroughly examined by C. AUBREY SMITH as Detective Miller.

The slight story gets routine treatment as directed by William Dieterle, and today's audiences will immediately note the overly theatrical acting by Miss Teasdale as the chief suspect.

The revelation at the end comes as a surprise with almost no preparation, but by that time many viewers will have lost interest in the slow-moving story even though it's told in a brief running time of little more than an hour.


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