Fun Size Review: The Polish Dancer (1917)

Poland’s biggest silent film star in one of her rare Polish films! Pola Negri plays a young woman who runs away from home and finds more trouble than she bargained for in the big city.

The plot is weak sauce, a collection of cliches rather than a coherent story, but Negri’s charisma is undeniable. Her star power is already evident and it’s no surprise that her career was about to catch fire.


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Half the cast (including Negri) dies. That’ll learn ’em!

If it were a dessert it would be: Some peanuts, hot fudge sauce and a cherry. Some good ingredients but it ain’t no sundae.

Read my review here.

Availability: Released on DVD has part of the Pola Negri Iconic Collection box set. The set is out of print, alas, but be sure to grab a copy if you stumble across it.


    1. Fritzi Kramer

      The film’s original title was “Bestia” but it was renamed when it was released in the US, doubtlessly to make a connection with the fancy new Paramount production showcasing Negri.

      1. Nicholas Pinhey

        Interesting! I did not realize they changed the name (should have guessed). She was excellent in the Spanish Dancer – I saw it at the SF Silent Film Festival three years ago. Great fun!

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