Marie Luise Droop

Marie Luise Droop (15 January 1890 – 22 August 1959) was a German writer, director and producer.[1]

Marie Luise Droop
Marie Martha Luise Fritsch

January 15, 1890
DiedAugust 22, 1959 (1959-08-23) (aged 69)
Other namesMarie Louise Droop
Ludwig Fritsch
Occupationwriter, director, producer


Marie Martha Luise Fritsch was born 15 January 1890 in Stettin. Her father was Karl Georg Fritsch, manager of a cement factory, her mother Emmeline Albertine Elisabeth Conradine Most, from a wealthy family of chocolate manufacturers. As a child she admired Karl May and founded a Karl May fanclub. In 1903 she sent May a letter and became his close friend until his death in 1912.[2]

She married Dr. Adolf Droop, a teacher who had written about May's work. Marie Luise Droop worked as an editor for Ullstein Verlag. During World War I, when her husband served in the army, she moved to Denmark where she worked for Nordisk Film. She returned to Germany after the war.[1][3]

1920 She co-founded Ustad Film with the aim to produce Karl May adaptations. Ustad Film produced Die Teufelsanbeter, Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses and Die Todeskarawane until it went bankrupt. All three films are considered lost.[4][5]

Marie Luise Droop wrote almost 50 screenplays for silent movies (three were adaptations of May's work) and, speaking nine languages, worked as a translator.[3]

Marie Luise Droop died 22 August 1959 in Lahr.



YearOriginal titleEnglish titleRoleNotes
1918Der siebente Kußwriter
1919Das Lächeln der kleinen Beatewriter
1919Maharadjahens yndlingshustru IIThe Maharaja's Favourite Wife IIwriterNordisk Film
1920Die TeufelsanbeterThe Devil Worshipperswriter, director[6]Ustad Film
1920Auf den Trümmern des ParadiesesOn the Brink of Paradisewriter, producerUstad Film
1920Die TodeskarawaneCaravan of Deathwriter, producerUstad Film
1920Das Fest der schwarzen TulpeThe Black Tulip Festivaldirector, writer
1921Die Lieblingsfrau des Maharadscha - 3. TeilThe Maharaja's Favourite Wifewriter
1921EhrenschuldA Debt of Honourwriter
1922Die Liebeslaubewriter
1923Das rollende SchicksalThe Wheels of Destinywriter
1924Der Mann um MitternachtThe Man at Midnightwriter
1924Um eines Weibes EhreTo a Woman of Honourwriter
1925Die suchende SeeleThe Searching Soulwriter
1925AschermittwochAsh Wednesdaywriter
1925Das alte BallhausThe Old BallroomwriterFilm in two parts
1925Die eiserne BrautThe Iron Bridewriter
1925Volk in Not – Ein Heldenlied von TannenbergPeople in Needwriter
1926Die WiskottensThe Wiskottenswriter
1926In Treue starkEternal Allegiancewriter
1926Kampf der GeschlechterBattle of the Sexeswriter
1927Die Tochter des Kunstreiterswriter
1927Deutsche Frauen - Deutsche TreueGerman Women - German Faithfulnesswriter
1927Stolzenfels am Rheinwriter
1927Steh' ich in finstrer MitternachtI Stand in the Dark Midnightwriter
1927Das Mädchen aus FriscoThe Girl from Friscowriter
1929Was ist los mit Nanette?What's Wrong with Nanette?writer
1929Der SittenrichterThe Customs Judgewriter
1929MorgenröteDawnwritercredited as Ludwig Fritsch
1929Mädchen am KreuzCrucified Girlwriter
1930Sturm auf drei Herzenwritercredited as Ludwig Fritsch
1933Drei blaue Jungs, ein blondes MädelThree Bluejackets and a Blondewriter
1934Die Reiter von Deutsch-OstafrikaThe Riders of German East Africawriter
1936Die Drei um ChristineThe Three Around Christinewriter

Notes and references

  1. "Merhameh. Eine deutsche Karriere - Die Filmautorin Marie Luise Droop".
  2. Klapdor, Heike; Jacobsen, Wolfgang (26 March 1997). "Merhameh. Karl Mays schöne Spionin" (Podcast). SFB. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  3. "Die Kinder Karl May's".
  4. "karl-may-filme-stummfilme".
  5. "Die Karl May Verfilmungen". Archived from the original on 2012-08-29.
  6. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 215.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
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