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The Spanish Dancer (1923)

A love story between Don Cesar de Bazan and a beautiful Gypsy dancer.


Herbert Brenon


Beulah Marie Dix (adaptation), Philippe Dumanoir (play) (as Philippe François Pinel Dumanoir) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Pola Negri ... Maritana - Gypsy fortune teller
Antonio Moreno ... Don Cesar de Bazan
Wallace Beery ... King Philip IV
Kathlyn Williams ... Queen Isabel of Bourbon
Gareth Hughes ... Lazarillo
Adolphe Menjou ... Don Salluste
Edward Kipling Edward Kipling ... Marquis de Rotundo
Anne Shirley ... Don Balthazar Carlos (as Dawn O'Day)
Charles A. Stevenson ... Cardinal's Ambassador
Henry Vogel Henry Vogel ... Olivares
Robert Agnew ... Juan


A love story between Don Cesar de Bazan and a beautiful Gypsy dancer.

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Release Date:

1924 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die spanische Tänzerin See more »


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pola Negri's role (Maritana) was originally written for Rudolph Valentino. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 58 minute version of this film, released by Grapevine Video, is the longest and most complete version of the film available commercially (as of 2010). See more »


Version of Don Cesare di Bazan (1942) See more »

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How Dare You, Dear Pola?!
23 March 2007 | by FerdinandVonGalitzienSee all my reviews

"The Spanish Dancer" is a big-budget production, one of those which Herr Herbert Brenon, the film director, was so fond of; a strange epic costume film starring Damen Pola Negri that depicts the story of Maritana, a gypsy girl who dances in selected courtyards and even tells people's fortunes; but those are trifles, small business for the gypsy and fortuneteller girl; she deeply in her heart wants to be a…. Countess!!! ( How dare you, dear Pola?!... ).

So this gypsy social climber finally gets what she wants because the handsome Count Don Cesar de Bazán ( Herr Antonio Moreno ) falls in love and marries her ( that's how she gets her title of nobility ), but that's not enough for her, and she even gets involved in some strange plot with the -- King of Spain!.... ( Herr Wallace Beery wearing an impossible wig ), putting on the verge the stability and the Foreign Ministries of Spain and France ( this country represented in the film by the King's wife, Queen Isabel Of Bourbon -- don't mistake that rigid Queen with an ordinary American liquor ) …. MEIN GOTT!!!.... that girl doesn't know or care about any limits to her gypsy ambition!.

In spite of this film being full of stereotypes about Spanish types and bizarre customs of that country ( thank Gott there is not a bullfight and even better, no matador can be seen in this film! ), it's an entertaining film; and although "The Spanish Dancer" is a film that didn't survive till today in its entirety, thanks to the sceneries and the funny plot full of aristocratic jealousies and intrigues at Philip IV of Spain's court, the audience will enjoy this kind of Spanish-adventure silent film.

And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count must keep order over this chaotic Spanish court.

Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/

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