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  Pola Negri.
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The Spanish Dancer
Also known as La danseuse Espagnole in France
(1923) United States of America
B&W : Nine reels / 8434 feet
Directed by Herbert Brenon

Cast: Pola Negri [Maritana], Antonio Moreno [Don César de Bazan], Wallace Beery [King Philip IV], Kathlyn Williams [Queen Isobel of Bourbon], Robert Agnew [Juan, a gypsy thief], Gareth Hughes [Lazarillo, the apprentice], Adolphe Menjou [Don Salluste], Henry Vogel [Olivarez], Dawn O’Day (Anne Shirley) [Don Balthazar Carlos, the infante, heir to the throne], Charles Stevenson [Cardinal Richelieu], Andre Lenoi [Velasquez, the master painter], Edward Kipling [Marquis de Rotondo]; George Berrell [the gypsy chieftain], Virginia Moon (Virginia Bethel Moon) [Maritana’s grandmother], Bynunsky Hyman [a dwarf at the king’s portrait session], John George [a dwarf at the king’s portrait session], Gino Corrado [a musketeer at Don César’s final feast], Thais Valdemar (Anastasia Georgina Kissel) [a lady of the Spanish court], [?] Buck Black?, [?] Frank Coghlan Jr.?, [?] George J. Lewis?

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation [A Herbert Brenon Production; A Paramount Picture]. / Produced by Herbert Brenon. Scenario by June Mathis and Beulah Marie Dix, from the play Don César de Bazan by Adolphe Philippe d’Ennery and Philippe-François Pinel (Dumanoir). Costume design by Howard Greer. Choreography by Ernest Belcher. Photographed (cinematography) by James Howe (James Wong Howe). Film editor, Helene Warne. Presented by Adolph Zukor [film credits] and Jesse L. Lasky [some print advertisements]. / © 17 October 1923 by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation [LP19503]. Premiered 7 October 1923 in New York, New York. Released 4 November 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The production was initially intended as a vehicle for Rudolph Valentino. The play was previously filmed as Rosita (1923).

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Prints exist in the EYE Film Instituut Nederland film archive [incomplete 35mm positive (Dutch intertitles), and an incomplete digital restoration version]; in the Cinémathèque Royale film archive [incomplete 35mm positive (Russian intertitles)]; in the film holdings of Photoplay Productions [incomplete 16mm reduction positive (English intertitles)]; in the film holdings of Lobster Films [incomplete 16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections [incomplete 16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: Public domain [USA].

Keywords: Animals: Bears, Dogs, Horses, Rabbits - Artists: Painters - Dance: Dancers - Debt - Disguises: Masks, Veils - Festivals - Fights - France - Gypsies - Marriages - Royalty - Soldiers - Spain: Madrid - Weapons: Daggers, Muskets, Swords

Listing updated: 18 September 2023.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Brownlow-Parade p. 243; Limbacher-Feature p. 230; Weaver-Twenty p. 28 : ClasIm-225 p. 46 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb; Website-Wikipedia.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

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