A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the puppeteer is also in love with.
Sweeping the Screen to New Horizons as the Man Who Thought He Could Play God With Men's Souls and Women's Bodies! (Print Ad- Troy Times, ((Troy NY)) 2 December 1931)
Did You Know?
At the beginning when Vladimir talks about creating a dancer from the runaway boy, he mentions the Frankenstein creation. The boy's father is played by Boris Karloff who went on to star in the Frankenstein film. See more
A title card misspells Montmartre as "Montmarte." See more
How can we forget Tsarakov?
Sometimes I almost think I could admire him... for the very power that should make me despise him. Like some ignorant savage before a hideous god. Wanting to run, but staying to worship. With his face in the mud.
Opening credits are shown over a background of a figure dancing; a reference to the plot which involves a dancer. See more
Referenced in Taxi
Danse Russe Trépak
from "Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a"
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening puppet sequence See more