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The Firebird (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 3 November 1934 (USA)
Herman Brandt, a handsome but overly conceited actor, lives in the same apartment building in Vienna as Carola and John Pointer and their 18-year-old daughter Mariette. One day, as Carola ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screenplay), Lajos Zilahy (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Verree Teasdale ... Carola Pointer
Ricardo Cortez ... Herman Brandt
Lionel Atwill ... John Pointer
Anita Louise ... Mariette Pointer
C. Aubrey Smith ... Police Inspector Miller
Dorothy Tree ... Mrs. Jolan Brandt
Helen Trenholme Helen Trenholme ... Mlle. Josephine Mousquet - the Governess
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Emile - Brandt's Valet
Robert Barrat ... Halasz - the Apartment House Manager
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Assistant Stage Manager
Russell Hicks ... Mr. Beyer - the Stage Manager
Spencer Charters ... Max Bauer - the Porter
Etienne Girardot ... Prof. Peterson
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Thelma - the Pointers' Maid
Nan Grey ... Alice von Attem (as Nan Gray)
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Storyline

Herman Brandt, a handsome but overly conceited actor, lives in the same apartment building in Vienna as Carola and John Pointer and their 18-year-old daughter Mariette. One day, as Carola leaves to walk her dog, Brandt sides up to her and proposes she "visit" him at his apartment after everyone has gone to bed. Shocked and offended at his brazenness, she complains about him to the building manager, who orders Brandt to leave. He refuses, so the Pointers decide that they will move out instead. While they're packing, the police show up at their apartment with some bad news--Brandt has been found murdered, shot in the head, and since they were known to have quarreled with him, they are suspects. However, Inspector Muller, the detective investigating the murder, discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ave de Fogo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

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-language adaptation opened in New York City 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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Tepid melodrama from a stage play is typical of Warner's '30s product...
21 July 2010 | by DoylenfSee 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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