The Spanish Dancer

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The Spanish Dancer
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Famous Players-Lasky
Written by Adolphe Philippe d'Ennery (novel Don Cesar de Bazan)
Dumanoir (Philippe Francois Pinel) (novel Don Cesar de Bazan)
June Mathis (treatment, scenario)
Beulah Marie Dix (treatment, scenario)
Starring Pola Negri
Antonio Moreno
Wallace Beery
Kathlyn Williams
Gareth Hughes
Adolphe Menjou
Anne Shirley
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1923 (1923-11-04)
Running time
9 reels at 8,434 feet (approx. 90-100 minutes)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Spanish Dancer is a 1923 American silent costume epic starring Pola Negri as a gypsy fortune teller, Antonio Moreno as a romantic count, and Wallace Beery as the king of Spain. The movie was directed by Herbert Brenon and also features a five-year-old Anne Shirley, appearing under the name "Dawn O'Day." This film survives today.[1]

Restored by the EYE Film Institute in the Netherlands, the movie was shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. on August 5, 2012, accompanied by the 1916 Lois Weber film Shoes.

The film is essentially the same story as Mary Pickford's Rosita which was filmed around the same time as The Spanish Dancer with Negri's old colleague from Germany Ernst Lubitsch directing. Negri's The Spanish Dancer was considered the better film.



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