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Der Löwe von Babylon (1959)



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Cast overview:
Georg Thomalla ... Hadschi Halef Omar
Helmuth Schneider ... Kara ben Nemsi (as Helmut Schneider)
Theo Lingen ... Sir David Lindsay
Mara Cruz ... Säfa
Pilar Cansino ... Irida (as Pilar Cansina)
Rafael Luis Calvo Rafael Luis Calvo ... Säfir
Fernando Sancho ... Prof. Ignaz Pfotenhauer
Antonio Casas ... Dosorza (as Antonio Casas-Arenzana)
Pedro Giménez Pedro Giménez ... Ikbal
Ángel Álvarez ... Kepek
José Manuel Martín José Manuel Martín ... Aftab


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West Germany | Spain


German | Spanish

Release Date:

5 September 1960 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

En las ruinas de Babilonia See more »

Filming Locations:

Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Agfacolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Mediocre Paella/Schnitzel adventure co-produced by Spain and Germany , being utterly shot in Madrid and surroundings
6 October 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spanish/German co-production shot in Spain , including dangerous adventures and sympathetic roles , being shot in Madrid studios and surroundings as Seseña , La Pedriza and Aranjuez , Toledo . A pleasant adventure set in 19th century Iraq , there Kara Ben Nemsi (Helmuth Schneider replacing Viktor Staal) a writer , adventurer and doctor crosses the sunny desert when he meets his old friend Hadschi Halef Omar (Georg Thomalla) who is now married and has a baby , but he early abandons his family and accompanies him to enjoy other adventures . The adventurer doctor is asked for help from Dosorza (Antonio Casas) whose wife was killed and his children kidnapped by the nasty smuggler Säfir (Rafael Luis Calvo) . Meanwhile , Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar are pursued by Safir's hoodlums : the extreme villains Pädar (Barta Barri) and Aftab (José Manuel Martín) . As they are fighting an unseen Arab enemy who always struck in the dark . There also appears two lost men , a British , archaeologist Sir David Lindsay (Theo Lingen) and the German Professor Ignaz Pfotenhauer (Fernando Sancho who bears the comic relief) , a real expert on ornithology , who are taken imprisoned . But Kar Ben Memsi discovers the smuggling shelter : the Babylon ruins , he then frees two beautiful damsels in distress , Säfa (Mara Cruz) , Safir's daughter , and Irida (Pilar Cansino) and meets his abducted friends .

This is a sequel to ¨Die Sklavenkarawane¨ or ¨Caravana De Esclavas¨ (1958) by Ramon Torrado with Viktor Staal , Georg Thomalla , Mara Cruz , Theo Lingen ,José Guardiola , made with similar artistic and technician team . It is an exciting adventure movie including thrills , shots , fights , duels and marvelous oriental outdoors , though filmed in Spain . Risked adventures and interesting roles along with solid action and a good sense of humor pulled off by an attractive couple : Fernando Sancho and Theo Lingen . The most spectacular scenes are the fights on the desert and the Babylon ruins . Although some fights are not convincing and the short budget is occasionally revealed , as it is filled with stock-shots and matte-painting . Support cast is plenty of familiar Spanish faces , usual in co-productions of the 60s and 70s , such as : Fernando Sancho, Antonio Casas , Angel Alvarez , Barta Barri , Francisco Bernal , José Riesgo , Xan Das Bolas , José Luis Martin and an ominous leader of the bandits , Rafael Luis Calvo , who played with vicious intensity . Originally it was planned to shoot this picture at its historical location in Turkey , but for organizational reasons it was decided to make it in Spain instead . The film is set in Bagdad , Basora , Iraq , though is was actually shot in Aranjuez, and Madrid , Spain ; being well photographed by the prestigious cameraman Ricardo Torres who photographed notorious titles as ¨La Mies Es Mucha¨,¨Fray Escoba¨, ¨La Vida Por Delante¨, and ¨Comicos¨ .

It is based on Karl May novel , about a known personage , ¨Kara Ben Memsi¨ , this role starred several films , most of them performed by Lex Barker , such as : "Kingdom of the Silver Lion" (1965) by F.J Gottlieb , "Wild Kurdistan" (1965) by F. J Gottlieb , "The Yellow One" (1964) by Robert Siodmak and ¨Die Sklavenkarawane" or "Caravana de esclavas" (1958) by Ramón Torrado/Georg Marischka and its follow-up : ¨Der Löwe Von Babylon¨ (1959) titled Spain ¨En Las Ruinas de Babilonia¨ or ¨Lion of Babylone¨ also directed by Ramón Torrado . And other silent versions starred by Carl De Vogt as "Caravan of Death" (1920) , ¨Auf den Trümmern Des Paradieses¨ (1920) and ¨Die Teufelsanbeter¨ (1920) . In addition , a series television titled "Kara Ben Nemsi Effendi" (1973), 26 episodes starred by Michael Vogler as Kara Ben Nemsi .

The motion picture was middlingly directed by Ramon Torrado , he made a mostly decent , colorful fun , but not without gaps , failures and flaws . Similary to previous film ¨Caravana De Esclavas¨ (1958) , it was not huge hit , but successful enough to have this sequel : "Der Löwe von Babylon" following in the same year 1959 . Ramon was born in 1905 , Galicia, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for directing some vehicles of known Folklorics stars such as Peret in ¨Amor a Todo gas¨ (1969) , Manolo Escobar in ¨Un Beso en Puerto¨ (1966) and Paquito Rico in ¨Malvaloca¨ (1954). Torrado directed four mediocre Chorizo Westerns such as 1965 ¨Los Cuatreros¨ , 1964 ¨La Carga de la Policía Montada¨ , 1964 ¨Relevo a Pistolero¨ and 1963 ¨Bienvenido, Padre Murray¨ . Rating . 4.5/10 . Very average adventure movie .

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