The Magic Child

Zoltán Korda, 1924. Tibor Lubinszky, a gifted child star of the age, plays the lead role.

Premiere: 7 February 1924
Genre: feature film, drama, silent film
Director: Zoltán Korda

Original length: 2150 m
Lost film.

There is a murder in the villa district of the municipality and a teenager is suspected. The child cannot be questioned, he is seriously ill, but the examining judge finds a picture of the murdered man and the child in a newspaper with the following caption: ‘Cyrano Actor, the wunderkind, and his impresario, Mr. Durand.’ We learn of the child’s story starting from the moment when a travelling company of actors pull him from the river into which he had been swept by floods. The players christen the young boy Cyrano Actor, who as he grows up shows a particular talent for music. He is deemed a child prodigy and ensures a carefree life for them all with his performances. Finally it turns out that the director of the troupe had a quarrel with the impresario and in the heat of the moment killed him, thus the child is innocent. The boy, who for long had suffered privation, and after many vicissitudes, once again enjoys the warmth of family life.

What makes it interesting?
The film was directed by Zoltán Korda, brother of Sándor Korda. Tibor Lubinszky, who plays the lead role, was one of the most gifted child stars of the age.

Cast & Crew
Production Companies: Star Filmgyár és Filmkereskedelmi Rt.
Screenwriter: Zoltán Korda
Cinematographer: Gusztáv Kovács
Cast: Tibor Lubinszky (Cyrano Actor), Jenő Balassa, Ödön Bárdi, Lili Berky, Gyula Dezséri, Gyula Szőreghy, Teréz Kürthy