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Film highlighting Hazleton Polka legend drops on Netflix

Film highlighting Hazleton Polka legend drops on Netflix

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- A new movie about a local legend drops on Netflix today.

'The Polka King' - a film about Hazleton-based Polish-American Jan Lewan.

Played by Jack Black, Lewan rose to fame as a Polka superstar, with thriving success in music and business in the 1970's.

But that fame came crashing down when he was found to be running a Ponzi scheme.

He was imprisoned for conning people out of millions they invested with him.

His fame even granted him an audience with two former presidents and Pope John Paul II.

"I'll definitely get to see it, 'cause I like Jack Black, among other things. And I always like things that promote the area," said local movie buff Thomas Blakeslee.

Lewan is now 76 years old and lives in Florida.

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