The Firebird (1934 film)

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 Firebird
Directed byWilliam Dieterle
Written byCharles Kenyon
Jeffrey Dell (adaptation)
Based onthe play Muvesz Szinhaz
by Lajos Zilahy
StarringVerree Teasdale
Ricardo Cortez
Lionel Atwill
Anita Louise
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byRalph Dawson
Distributed byWarner Bros. / The Vitaphone Corp.
Release date
  • November 3, 1934 (1934-11-03)
Running time
74-75 minutes
CountryUnited States



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]

See also

  • Cette nuit-là (1933), French film based on the play Muvesz Szinhaz
  • The Open Door (1957), Spanish film based on the play Muvesz Szinhaz


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