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Hauptmann Mohler was a Nazi military officer stationed at Geheimhaven in 1936.

BiographyEdit

In 1936, Captain Mohler was the ranking officer at the Nazi island base Geheimhaven near Crete.[1] After the Ark of the Covenant had been captured on board the Wurrfler, Mohler was contacted via radio by René Belloq who instructed him to set up the Tabernacle for a ceremony to open the Ark. He and Belloq had made a deal whereby Mohler would arrange the Jewish ceremony, in return for Belloq speaking favorably of him once back in Berlin.[2] The captain met Belloq and Colonel Herman Dietrich at the base when they arrived.

Behind the scenes Edit

Mohler, credited in the film as Tall Captain, was played by the late Tony Vogel in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The name of Mohler was first given in Campbell Black's Raiders novelization.

During the development of Lawrence Kasdan's script, Mohler's role was more involved than in the final film. He was to attend Belloq's opening of the Ark of the Covenant, but he was going to not die because of it. Instead, after the deaths of Belloq and the other Nazis, Colonel Shliemann (Dietrich in the final film) was to accidentally shoot him as, temporarily blinded by the light of the Ark, Mohler is mistaken for Indiana Jones.

Mohler is not visible in the crowd of Nazis at the Tabernacle in the finished film. Another officer who may or may not be intended to be him but apparently played by a different actor, is seen walking with the procession to the Tabernacle but no other officers except Dietrich are present for the Ark-opening ceremony. In a deleted scene, Mohler is present at the Tabernacle's entrance, but doesn't actually enter with Belloq and the two soldiers carrying the Ark; so his ultimate fate was left unknown.

Mohler in the tabernacle

Mohler (left) with René Emile Belloq outside the Tabernacle in a deleted scene from Raiders.

The film's novelization implies that he does die when the Ark is opened, but the comic book adaptation more explicitly shows his presence there by having him subdue Jones at the Tabernacle.

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