The Bird With the Crystal Plumage is an Italian mystery/murder movie of the giallo genre. It was directed by Dario Argento and produced by Seda Spettacoli. It premiered in Italy on February 19th, 1970 and was released in the United States on June 12th. The story is loosely based on the 1949 pulp novel The Screaming Mimi by Fredric Brown. The film stars Tony Musante as Sam Dalmas, an American traveling in Rome who witnesses the murder of a young woman. He soon finds himself targeted by the mysterious black-gloved killer.

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  • The trope of a black-gloved killer was a popular trend in Italian mystery films. One of the more notable examples of this was in Mario Bava's 1960 occult thriller Black Sunday. The attire worn by the murderer is similar to that worn by the killer in Bava's 1964 film, Blood and Black Lace.
  • Daria Argento makes a cameo appearance as the hands of the murderer during close-up shots.
  • Another adaptation of Fredric Brown's The Screaming Mimi was the 1958 mystery movie Screaming Mimi directed by Gerd Oswald.

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