Across the Desert

Across the Desert (German: Durch die Wüste) is a 1936 German adventure film directed by Johann Alexander Hübler-Kahla and starring Fred Raupach, Heinz Evelt and Aruth Wartan. It was based on a novel by Karl May. It was the first sound adaptation of a May novel, and the only one to be produced during the Nazi era.[1] Set in the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth century, it portrays a series of oriental adventures of the two travellers Kara Ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar.

Across the Desert
Directed byJohann Alexander Hübler-Kahla
Produced byLothar Stark
Written by
Music byGottfried Huppertz
Distributed byNDLS
Release date
  • 20 February 1936 (1936-02-20)
Running time
88 minutes

It was shot on location in Egypt, and at the Johannisthal Studios in Berlin.


  • Fred Raupach as Kara Ben Nemsi
  • Heinz Evelt as Hadschi Halef Omar
  • Erich Haußmann as Abu Seif
  • Gretl Wawra as Hanneh
  • Aruth Wartan as Scheik Malek
  • Katharina Berger as Senitza
  • Herbert Gernot as Abu Seif's butler
  • Franz Klebusch as Plaza men
  • Bertold Reissig as Abu Seif's friend


  1. Bergfelder p. 180–181


  • Bergfelder, Tim (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-57181-539-2.
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