B. Traven and the Movies

B. Traven and the Movies

Many of B. Traven's stories have been turned into films, among them The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Warner Brothers), La Rebelión de los Colgados – The Rebellion of the Hanged (1954, José Kohn), Das Totenschiff – The Death Ship (1959, UFA/José Kohn), Macario (1960, Films Mundiales), La Rosa Blanca – The White Rose (1961, Films Mundiales) and The Bridge in the Jungle (1971, United Artists).

Rebellion of the Hanged, cover Death Ship, cover Macario, cover White Rose, cover Bridge in the Jungle cover

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, is the best-known of the films based on Traven books.

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, movie poster

While consulting on the filming of his book The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, he presented himself to director John Huston as “Traven's agent” Hal Croves.


Treasure of the sierra Madre, cover

The novel, first published in German as Der Schatz der Sierra Madre in 1927.

Huston note

Note from John Huston to Hal Croves, written during the on-location shooting for Treasure of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, 1946 [Image: Pässler Collection]

Sierra Madre movie script


A well-worn copy of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre movie script [UCR Special Collections]

Link to Totenschiff page 

Now, click on the poster above to learn more about the 1959 German film "Das Totenschiff."


Last modified: 10/9/2007 3:39 PM by by H. Hutchinson

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