The Polka King

Synopsis: Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.
Director(s): Maya Forbes
Production: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


[man] When I was little boy in Poland,

all the times, I dreaming of America.

So I come, I work hard...

and I climb to the highest stars.

Oh, la, la

Ole, ole, ole, ole

O la-di, o la-la

Ole, ole, ole, ole

O la-di, o la-la

- Let's go!

- [music continues]

Ole, ole, ole, ole

O la-di, o la-la

Ole, ole, ole, ole

O la-di, o la-la


You are such best audience. Thank you!

Now, please say hello to light of my life,

my wife, my one and only, Marla.

[music playing]

Marla is decorated

in authentic Polish amber

from the Jan Lewan Masterpieces

of Elegance collection.

If you like, come after show to buy.

Or at Jan Lewan Show Gifts in Hazleton,

open Monday to Saturday, nine to five.

Ziggy-zaggy, ziggy-zaggy!

- Oi, oi, oi!

- That's what I'm talking about!

- [playing solo]

- [Jan] Wow!

Mickey Stutz got fire fingers tonight!

[polka music playing]

There she goes, my wife.

I love you, my wife, Marla.

Ole, ole, ole, ole

I just wanna tell you,

that was a wonderful show.

Thank you.

Uh, is it "Yan Levan" or "Jan Lewan"?

Whatever you like.

Nobody say the same way.

Oh, my father was from Poland.

No one ever got his name right, either.

Is small price to pay

to live in land of opportunity.

I come with nothing, not even English.

- [man yelling]

- I work every bad job.

I not give up.

And then I meet this guy.

He is music genius. He change everything.

I waited in line for an hour

for a hot dog.

Guy in front of me got the last one.

You name music instrument,

Mickey Stutz can play it.

Not the accordion.

- Nice to meet you.

- Mickey and me, we play everywhere.

Churches, parades,

grand openings, roller rinks...

In 1981, we play 427 picnics.

[singing "Miala Baba Koguta" in Polish]

And I keep building band to get big sound.

And now, this nobody from Poland

is King of Pennsylvania Polka.



- The van has a flat.

- Oh, I go change.

I just telling this nice pretty lady

my whole life story.

It is so inspiring.

- Did he tell you how we met?

- Not yet.

- You tell.

- You tell.

- It was my big make-or-break mom...

- I'll tell.

After high school,

I won Junior Miss Hazleton, and so...

being a local celebrity,

the Cancer Telethon asked me

to be part of their phone bank.

I saw Jan, and I'll be honest...

I felt really bad for him.

[Jan] I was most nervous.

First time on TV.

I work so hard to get to the big time,

and if I blow,

who knows if I get next chance?

- [woman] Quiet, people. Here we go.

- [bell rings]

Next, we'd like to welcome to the stage

a new act that's been blazing

quite a trail across the greater

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton area.

Ladies and Gentleman,

the Jan Lewan Orchestra!

- [music playing]

- You know what to do.

Call now.

We gonna cure all the cancer today!


Strike up the music

The band has begun

The Pennsylvania Polka

Pick out your partner

And join in the fun

The Pennsylvania Polka

Oh, my.

It started in Scranton

It's now number one

Come on!

It's bound to entertain ya

Everybody has the mania

To do the polka from Pennsylvania

[music continues]

[Jan] The minute I see her, I know.

This is my future. This is my Marla.

[Marla] I was infatuated.

Here was this ethnic entertainer,

and he had this charm, sophistication,

he's such a classy performer...

and that accent.

This goes on and on until the dawn

That is so romantic.

Can I get a picture with you?

- Sure!

- Of course!


Ahem. You know, I never know

how to work these things.

Hey, Lon! Can you, um...

Oh, sure.

Say "cheese!"

[camera shutter clicks]

My room was freezing last night.

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Maya Forbes

Maya Forbes is an American screenwriter and television producer. She made her debut as a film director with Infinitely Polar Bear. Her other writing credits include the screenplay of The Rocker and many episodes of The Larry Sanders Show. more…

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