Cabiria(1914) A Masterpiece of the Silent Screen

There is some debate as to the first adaptation of Salgari's novels. Cabiria directed by Giovanni Pastrone bears many similarities to Emilio Salgari's 1908 adventure novel Cartagine in Fiamme (Carthage is Burning). Salgari, however, was never credited, Gabriele D'Annunzio being billed as the official screenwriter. In fact D'Annunzio had been brought on board to help revise the film once it had been shot, earning the credit by changing the title to Cabiria, changing the name of some of the characters and rewriting the captions, using more grandiloquent expressions than those employed by Pastrone. The three-hour movie with its grand proportions and cast of thousands created a sensation throughout Italy. It pioneered epic screen production and foreshadowed the work of D.W. Griffith, Eisenstein and others.

El Corsario Negro


El Corsario Negro 1944

Drama de Aventura con la recia y noble presencia de Pedro Armendáriz "El Corsario Negro" y un clima de aventura caribeña clásica surgida de la imaginación de Emilio Salgari conforman la historia de un pirata del siglo XVIII que declara una guerra sin tregua a la injusticia de un cruel gobernador de Maracaibo (José Baviera) , y que en el curso de su lucha encuentra el amor de una bella doncella (June Marlowe) que junto a su criada y amiga de infancia (María Luisa Zea) guardaran un secreto que será fatal para el gran Corsario Negro.

The Mystery of the Black Jungle


Lex Barker: Tarzan Fights the Thugs

In The Mystery of the Black Jungle (1953) Lex Barker played the intrepid Bengali tiger hunter Tremal-Naik fighting for the life of his beloved gainst the dreaded Thugs of the Kali cult. A "B movie" it later spawned the sequelThe Black Devils of Kali (1955). He also played Enrico di Ventimiglia in another Salgari adapted swashbuckler Son of the Red Corsair (1958). Steven Spielberg later brought the cult back to the screen inIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Sandokan against the Leopard of Sarawak


Ray Danton: Another Hollywood Leading Man in Italy

In the mid-sixties Luigi Capuano directed two Sandokan adventures and cast handsome leading man Ray Danton to play the 'Tiger of Malaysia' in Sandokan against the Leopard of Sarawak (aka Throne of Vengeance.) He reprised the role along with most of the original cast in Sandokan Fights Back (aka The Conqueror and the Empress) later that same year. Guy Madison played Yanez in both films and would later go on to play the evil Suyodhana in the Salgari inspired Mystery of Thug Island.

Sandokan The Great


Steve Reeves: Hercules Turns Malay Pirate
After a series of films where he played classic heroes in ancient Greece and Rome, Steve Reeves turned in his sword and sandals to lead a band of Dyaks, Malays and Borneans against a corrupt British colonial ruler in 1963's Sandokan the Great. Umberto Lenzi's film proved popular enough to spawn the 1964 sequel The Pirates of The Seven Seas, where Steve Reeves once again played the legendary 'Tiger of Malaysia.' He also appeared as Morgan in Primo Zeglio's Morgan the Pirate, a 1961 Salgari knockoff.

Spot - Nocilla - El Corsario Negro


Spot - Nocilla - El Corsario Negro

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About Us

ROH Press, established in 2007, is an independent publishing house specializing in the adventure novels of Emilio Salgari. We offer titles in English, Italian and Spanish. 


In 2008, ROH Press received the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs’ 2008 Translation Award for the English language version of Emilio Salgari’s classic The Tigers of Mompracem.


In 2007, Sandokan was listed as one of the 20th century’s greatest characters in Lucy Daniel’s Defining Moments in Books: The Greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events that Shook the Literary World.

In 2013, an excerpt from our translation ofThe Mystery of the Black Jungle was included in Umberto Eco's The Book of Legendary Lands, an illustrated compilation of "the fabled places in literature and folklore that have awed, troubled, and eluded us through the ages." Salgari's works have also been referred to extensively in Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.

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