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1927–1954  from

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The Riders of German– East Africa 

(Selpin, 1934)






The Riders of German East Africa (German: Die Reiter von Deutsch-Ostafrika) is a 1934 German war film directed by Herbert Selpin and starring Sepp Rist, Ilse Stobrawa and Rudolf Klicks. Outside of some footage filmed in Africa, it was shot at the Terra Studios in Berlin and on location at the sand dunes at Marienhöhe in the Templehof district of Berlin, a former quarry that stood in for Africa. At the end of the 19th century, sand and gravel were mined here at the foot of the mountains. The site belonged to National-Film GmbH for a time between the world wars and, because of its light sand, served as a filming location for monumental films in the desert environment. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Robert A. Dietrich and Bruno Lutz. It was based on the novel Kwa Heri by Marie Luise Droop. Although produced as an anti-British propaganda film, it was later banned by the Nazi authorities after the outbreak of the Second World War for not being hostile enough to Britain, while it was also subsequently banned by the Allies in the post-war era for its promotion of militarism


Plot summary


Sepp Rist plays the role of Hellhoff, a German farmer in German East Africa, who is conscripted into the Schutztruppe (German armed colonial force) at the beginning of the First World War. His wife Gerda and the young volunteer Klix manage the plantation while he is away. In 1916, the plantation is occupied by a British unit. The commander, Major Cresswell, knows Gerda is secretly supplying Hellhoff and his comrades who are concealed in the bush. He tries to use his old friendship with the Hellhoffs to put a stop to her activities. In order to carry out his duty as a British officer, he has his troops occupy the area's water supply to force the German soldiers to surrender. As Hellhoff's wife and Klix are trying to clandestinely supply water to Hellhoff, she is arrested and the boy shot. He still manages to bring the canteen to the soldiers before he dies. Hellhoff and his men liberate Gerda, who was to be taken away for trial by a British military court, and make off with water and horses. On their way to join up with Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck's East African Schutztruppe command, they stop at Klix's grave. Hellhoff promises the dead boy he will come back sooner or later — an allusion to the recovery of the lost colony through German victory in the Second World War.

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Sepp Rist as German farmer Peter Hellhoff, Captain of the reserve
Ilse Stobrawa as Gerda Helhoff, his wife
Rudolf Klicks as Hellhoff's student apprentice Wilm Klix
Ludwig Gerner as Hellhoff's assistant Lossow
Lewis Brody as Hellhoff's foreman Hamissi
Gregor Kotto as Hellhof's boy Selemani
Peter Voß as English farmer Robert Cresswell
Georg H. Schnell as Colonel Black, English general staff officer
Vivigenz Eickstedt as English officer
Mohamed Husen as signal student Mustapha
Arthur Reinhardt as safari guide Charles Rallis
Emine Zehra Zinser as servant Milini


The film premiered in the USA in  June, 1935 and the review in the New York Times stated:


June 8, 1935
At the 86th Street Casino.

So natural are the scenes of plantation life presented in "Die Reiter von Deutsch-Ostafrika" (The Riders of German East Africa), the current German-language picture at the Eighty-sixth Street Casino Theatre, that it is probable that some of them were taken in that former Germany colony. If not, the Terra director and camera men are entitled to all the more credit.

Taking one of the many incidents where the World War's repercussions in the colonies made temporary enemies of Germans and Englishmen who had been good neighbors up to the outbreak of the European madness, the German producers have turned out a highly interesting and well-directed semi-historical film which, with all its emphasis upon the patriotic note, hardly can be regarded as glorifying war. The love interest, while of considerable importance to the development of the action, is never allowed to become maudlin.

Sepp Rist is excellent as the German planter who has toiled five years in order to be able to bring his bride from Germany, only to have the news of the state of war reach them on their wedding day and call him away for the purpose of helping defend the colony against a superior British force. Naturally, his close friend and neighbor is also called to the colors, on the other side. Ilse Stobrava makes a fine, wholesome, loyal wife, and Peter Voss is convincing as the British planter turned officer. The acting is first-rate throughout.  –– H.T.S.

Our Gaufilmstelle Berlin “Kolonial-Filmveranstaltung”  (film presentation) poster:

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This poster was literally disintegrating and flaking away when we won it at auction overseas. It came along with another film poster we won as a free extra. It arrived sealed in a plastic bag like a picture puzzle. Our restorer did a great job salvaging it and mounting it on Japanese rice paper. Rather than have the poster fully restored by painting in the missing pieces, we left it “as is” for its historical value. The Berlin "Germania-Palast" was a Charlottenburg cinema with 800 seats. During the Second World War, the Germania Palace was destroyed.


The purpose of the Reichskolonialbund was to reclaim the overseas colonies that Germany had lost as a result of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. As part of the Nazi triumphalism for the Third Reich, the Reichskolonialbund was intended to take over the role of the disbanded German Colonial Society, (Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft) (DKG). Since Germany had no colonies, the Reichskolonialbund was mainly engaged in mostly virulent political agitation. The agitation was conducted largely in Germany by means of newspapers, magazines, conferences and "Colonial Exhibitions". That was meant to keep open the so-called Colonial Question (Kolonialfrage) and to gather funds for the organisation. Presenting this feature film on the fight between the German colonists and the invading British during WWI in East Africa was  typical of the Bund’s many activities.



Our Collection boats the original A3 horizontal “window poster” for the film (shown at the top of this page),  the mock-up for the film studio cinema handbill submitted to the film censors for approval (Lockende Leinwand 4-page handbill, shown below), the Ufa Palast-am-Zoo 2-sided A3 (ca 12 x 17 inch) advertising sheet on the film also shown below;  and no less than 43 lobby cards for the film. These copies were also submitted to the film censorship board for approval (Reichsfilmprüfstelle, Berlin.)


We show small images of these items here, but you can find full-sized scans in our Poster Gallery by searching for them under the film title.

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The Tobis Filmkunst cinema playbill  above translates:

"Burning sun over the vast landscape • Kilimanjaro. The farm of the German, Roland Hellhoff, is a lonely place. - For five years he has been working like a horse, clearing jungle and bush, planting coffee and hemp. He has been waiting for his bride for five years. Finally! Gerda followed her beloved man into the African bush. But their wedding day is also the first and last day of their happiness - on the same night, the news of the outbreak of the world war comes. Roland joins the security force, the young woman stays alone on the farm. This is where the Terra film begins: “The Riders of German East Africa”. We experience how Roland and his small, brave troop with lion courage attack the overwhelming English opponents, who are under the command of Captain Cresswell, formerly Roland's best friend. - We experience the courageous deeds and devoted love of a noble German woman who sacrifices her life to save her husband and his people from dying of thirst. We experience a heroic song of white and black loyalty, a drama of great conflicts between duty and love, and how they can only be solved by strong, proud hearts."


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On this same  theme of German African colonies, we also have in our Collection the DFG production poster of the documentary film:

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