The Golem and the Dancing Girl

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The Golem and the Dancing Girl
Directed byRochus Gliese
Paul Wegener
Produced byPaul Davidson
Siegmund Jakob
Hanns Lippmann[1]
Written byPaul Wegener
StarringPaul Wegener
Lyda Salmonova
Rochus Gliese
Release date
  • January 15, 1917 (1917-01-15)
Running time
CountryGerman Empire
German intertitles

The Golem and the Dancing Girl (original German title: Der Golem und die Tänzerin) is a 1917 film. It is part of a trilogy, preceded by The Golem (1915) and followed by The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). Paul Wegener and Rochus Gliese co-directed and acted in the film. Wegener also wrote the screenplay. This was the screen debut of Fritz Feld. It was produced by Deutsche Bioscop GmbH.[1]

The Golem and the Dancing Girl is now considered a lost film, though reports a print may exist in an "eastern European film archive".[2] Troy Howarth wrote, "(the film) remains one of the earliest filmed examples of a horror spoof....makes it all the more regrettable that it has vanished so completely."[1]


Not much is known of the plot, since the film is considered lost, but it appears to have been a take-off spoofing the earlier 1915 film Der Golem. Wegener plays an actor who, upon discovering the fear his performance generates when he assumes the role of the Golem in a film, decides to wear the costume to a party he is to attend, in order to make an impression on a dancer (Salmanova) who will be there.[1]


IMDb credits Wegener as playing the Golem (as he did in the other two films in the trilogy), while states this role was played by Gliese.



Troy Howarth wrote, "Not only is the film considered lost, it doesn't seem to have generated much notice upon its original release."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  2. ^ "Der Golem und die Tänzerin". Retrieved February 27, 2013.

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