Das Totenschiff, 1959

Das Totenschiff, 1959

The most famous German B. Traven film, based on his first book, Das Totenschiff [The Death Ship] was released in 1959. It featured two very young German film stars, Horst Buchholtz and Elke Sommer.

Das Totenschiff posterClick on the poster for movie stills and more.

In a rare visit to Germany, "Traven's agent" Hal Croves attended the October 1, 1959 Berlin premiere of "Das Totenschiff" with his wife, Rosa Elena Lujan. As it had on the set of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," the presence of Hal Croves again gave rise to speculation in the press that he was the author B. Traven.

Croves-Tressler letter, 1959

Hal Croves corresponded with writer/director Georg Tressler during the problem-fraught making of the film "Das Totenschiff."

Croves and Lujan in Berlin, 1959

Hal Croves and wife Rosa Elena Lujan in Berlin, 1959.

Hotel bill, Berlin 1959

Hotel registration card for the Torsvan-Croveses at the Berlin Hilton, dated 19 September 1959.

All materials from the Gerd Heidemann Collection.


Last modified: 7/30/2007 12:01 PM by by H. Hutchinson

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