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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 Charles A. Stevenson ... Cardinal's Ambassador
Robert Agnew ... Juan


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

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based on novel | See All (1) »


History | Romance







Release Date:

1924 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die spanische Tänzerin See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$314,765, 31 December 1923
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

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 original release version, in both the United States and in foreign territories, was nine reels long. The original nine reel European version of the film, which apparently was made of out takes, survives at the Nederlands Filmmuseum. The US version survives in a re-edited five reel version Kodascope that was created in the 1930's. See more »


Referenced in The Patsy (1928) See more »

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Skip the Storm
1 January 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

"The Spanish Dancer" has the script of an utterly commonplace, even hackneyed, melodramatic movie. In the hands of director Herbert Brenon, it turns into a work of visual fantasy that is impossible to resist.

Mind you, it needs to be seen in the right conditions. Looking at it by yourself on a television screen, it doesn't look like much. Happily, I was able to see it under the right conditions: at the Museum of Modern Art with Donald Sosin at the piano and his wife at the tambourine, during the week of a storm that had shut down half the city and left people shivering in the cold and dark, needing to be taken out of themselves.

The casting is well nigh perfect. The cinematography by James Wong Howe is perfect, not just the story telling aspect of it, but the set-piece at the center of the movie shot during Carnival in Barcelona. The shots are framed by medieval architecture and filled with light, thanks to the confetti that fills the screen.

My movie reviews usually talk about the story and there is one, but that's not the reason to see this movie. This is one of those movies that you must seem even though you may find it tough going until its beauty kicks in. I only hope that when you see it, it's in a comfortable theater with a great score. I also hope you don't have a disaster going on outside the theater.

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