The death caravan

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Original title The death caravan
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1920
length 92 minutes
Age rating FSK "released for young people" (FSK did not exist yet)
Director Josef Stein
script Erwin Báron
Marie Luise Droop
production Marie Luise Droop
camera Gustave Preiss
Otto Stein

The death caravan (subtitle: A film image of the southern sun in 6 acts ) is a German silent film based on motifs from the novel Von Bagdad nach Stambul by Karl May ( Karl May film ) from 1920, directed by Josef Stein . It is the last shot, but the second to be performed, of the three Karl May films by producer Marie-Louise Droop with Carl de Vogt as Kara Ben Nemsi.

The film premiered on November 18, 1920 in Dresden . It had already been shown to the press in Hamburg for two days .


“Among the gruesome riddles of the East is a particularly sinister one, the death caravan. Every year an endless line of fanatical Orientals moves to the holy place of pilgrimage of the Shiite Muslims. Countless coffins are carried by pious relatives - but soon an army of the most terrible epidemics breaks out under the blazing sun.

The world traveler Karl May comes into the area of ​​this caravan on his hikes - the plague also attacks him and his loyal servant. But they overcome the terrible disease and defy all intrigues, attacks and persecutions of hostile people. In front of this gruesome and yet movingly created background through acts of heroic friendship, a lovely web of wondrous dreams of love is woven around the world traveler and a mysterious, beautiful Persian. ”(From the rental text).


Karl May's widow, Klara May , found that the main actor, Carl de Vogt, was similar to her husband. She found the film itself very good. However, it was a commercial failure. The death caravan is thought to be lost . Dracula star Bela Lugosi had one of his first film appearances in Germany with the little part of a sheikh.


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