The Bordello in Rio

The Bordello in Rio or The Women's House of Rio (German: Das Frauenhaus von Rio) is a 1927 silent drama film directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Vivian Gibson, Albert Steinrück and Hans Stüwe. It was based on a novel by Norbert Jacques which was remade twice as Blondes for Export (1950) and Final Destination: Red Lantern (1960).[1] In the United States, the film was re-edited by Bud Pollard and released as Girls for Sale.

The Bordello in Rio
Dutch release poster
Directed byHans Steinhoff
Produced byGeorg Jacoby
Written by
Music byPasquale Perris
CinematographyFranz Planer
Georg Jacoby-Film
Distributed byMesstro-Orplid
Release date
16 September 1927
Running time
60 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Otto Erdmann and Hans Sohnle. It was shot at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin and on location in Hamburg.


A gang of white slavers lure young women to Rio de Janeiro to work as nightclub performers then force them to work as prostitutes.

Main cast


  1. Goble p. 242


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
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