Lily of the Dust

Lily of the Dust is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki, starring Pola Negri, produced by Famous Players-Lasky, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. This movie was based on the novel The Song of Songs (German: Das hohe Lied) by Hermann Sudermann and the Broadway play The Song of Songs by Edward Sheldon.[1]

Lily of the Dust
Film poster
Directed byDimitri Buchowetzki
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byPaul Bern (scenario)
Based onDas hohe Lied (novel)
by Hermann Sudermann The Song of Songs (play)
by Edward Sheldon
StarringPola Negri
Ben Lyon
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 24, 1924 (1924-08-24)
Running time
7 reels, 6,811 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Lily of the Dust is now considered a lost film.[2][3]

This film is a remake of the American silent film The Song of Songs (1918).


  • Pola Negri as Lily
  • Ben Lyon as Lieutenant Prell
  • Noah Beery as Colonel Mertzbach
  • Raymond Griffith as Karl Dehnecke
  • Jeanette Daudet as Julia
  • William J. Kelly as Walter von Prell
  • Alan George in an Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)


Negri was happy working with director Buchowetzki, who had also directed her in Men (1924) and in the German film Sappho (1921), which had been released in the U.S. as Mad Love, as her performances turned out well in his films.[4] Buchowetzki would later direct her once more in the romantic drama film The Crown of Lies (1926).


  1. The Song of Songs, play version of Lily of the Dust, as produced on Broadway at Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre December 22, 1914 to June 1915, 191 performances;
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: Lily of the Dust at
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute (1971)
  4. Kotowski, Mariusz (2014). Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-0-8131-4490-0.

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