Marie Luise Droop

Marie Luise Droop
Born Marie Martha Luise Fritsch
January 15, 1890
Died August 22, 1959 (1959-08-23) (aged 69)
Other names Marie Louise Droop
Ludwig Fritsch
Occupation writer, director, producer

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


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.



Year Original title English title Role Notes
1918 Der siebente Kuß writer
1919 Das Lächeln der kleinen Beate writer
1919 Maharadjahens yndlingshustru II The Maharaja's Favourite Wife II writer Nordisk Film
1920 Die Teufelsanbeter The Devil Worshippers writer Ustad Film
1920 Auf den Trümmern des Paradieses On the Brink of Paradise writer, producer Ustad Film
1920 Die Todeskarawane Caravan of Death writer, producer Ustad Film
1920 Das Fest der schwarzen Tulpe director, writer
1921 Die Lieblingsfrau des Maharadscha - 3. Teil writer
1921 Ehrenschuld A Debt of Honour writer
1922 Divankatzen writer
1922 Die Liebeslaube writer
1923 Das rollende Schicksal writer
1924 The Man at Midnight writer
1924 Um eines Weibes Ehre writer
1925 Die suchende Seele writer
1925 Aschermittwoch writer
1925 The Old Ballroom - Part II writer
1925 The Old Ballroom - Part I writer
1925 Die eiserne Braut writer
1925 Volk in Not writer
1926 Die Wiskottens writer
1926 In Treue stark writer
1926 Kampf der Geschlechter writer
1927 Die Tochter des Kunstreiters writer
1927 Deutsche Frauen - Deutsche Treue writer
1927 Stolzenfels am Rhein writer
1927 Steh' ich in finstrer Mitternacht writer
1927 Das Mädchen aus Frisco writer
1929 Was ist los mit Nanette? writer
1929 Der Sittenrichter writer
1929 Morgenröte writer credited as Ludwig Fritsch
1929 Crucified Girl writer
1930 Sturm auf drei Herzen writer credited as Ludwig Fritsch
1933 Drei blaue Jungs, ein blondes Mädel Three Bluejackets and a Blonde writer
1934 Die Reiter von Deutsch-Ostafrika The Riders of German East Africa writer
1936 Die Drei um Christine The Three After Christine writer

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