The Devil Worshippers

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The Devil Worshippers
Directed by Muhsin Ertuğrul
Written by Marie Luise Droop
Karl May
Starring Carl de Vogt
Meinhart Maur
Béla Lugosi
Release date
  • 2 January 1921 (1921-01-02)
Country Weimar Republic
Language Silent

The Devil Worshippers (German: Die Teufelsanbeter) is a six-chapter 1920 silent German film directed by the Turkish director Muhsin Ertuğrul, written by Marie Luise Droop, and featuring Carl de Vogt in the title-role of Kara Ben Nemsi. Later horror-star Béla Lugosi is being seen in one of his first supporting roles in a film. The film was an adaptation of a chapter from the novel Durch die Wüste (Through the Desert) of German author Karl May.

This film was the first of a trilogy of the production company "Ustad-Film" with main actor Carl de Vogt, but only came as third into the cinemas. In several scenes, this black-and-white film has some coloring, e.g. blue for night scenes.

The film is said to have premiered on 2 January 1921 at "Vaters Lichtspiele" at Würzburg but the first showing is only documented for 14 January 1921 at Wilhelmsburg. The film is now considered to be lost.


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