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The Firebird (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 3 November 1934 (USA)
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Cast

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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 ...
Assistant Stage Manager
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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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Approved
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3 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ave de Fogo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

The Firebird Suite
(1919)
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Excerpts played during the opening credits and as background music
Played on a record several times
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Much better than anticipated
28 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Warner Bros. film starts off slowly as a romantic drama, but then becomes a fast paced murder mystery with an ending hard to predict. I was not especially put off by the stage origin of the screenplay, the inauthentic accents of a story supposedly set in Vienna, or the tenuous connection to the Firebird, either as myth or music. The performances of the principals were weak: Ricardo Cortez as the victim, Verree Teasdale (overacting), and Anita Louise (quite beautiful, but unconvincing). This is more than made up for by the supporting roles of Dorothy Tree as the sharp-tongued ex-wife of the victim and Lionel Atwill as the initially oblivious and later befuddled husband/father. Even C. Aubrey Smith, usually relegated to pipe smoking and pontificating, has a more substantial role in this film as the inspector who actually solves the crime.


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