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Willy, the son of baron Van Hergershuizen, finds himself disinherited after he marries an untitled girl. When his father sabotages Willy's job applications, his wife decides to apply for the... Read allWilly, the son of baron Van Hergershuizen, finds himself disinherited after he marries an untitled girl. When his father sabotages Willy's job applications, his wife decides to apply for the job of the baron's housekeeper.Willy, the son of baron Van Hergershuizen, finds himself disinherited after he marries an untitled girl. When his father sabotages Willy's job applications, his wife decides to apply for the job of the baron's housekeeper.
Based on the play by Reimann & Schwarz, this 1935 production is funny in an old fashioned kind of way, features a fine cast of distinguished thespians, some impressive photography and direction by German Hermann Kosterlitz and Dutch Ernst Winar. The reason for having two directors was that there were so many German filmmakers moving out of Nazi Germany in the Thirties that it was decided that each time one snatched a directing job away from a Dutch film helmer, a Dutchman was appointed as co- director to make up for it. In fact, there were more German/Dutch combinations in the credits to be found in several other professions.
Kosterlitz & Wimar auditioned a lot of experienced stage actresses for role of Loes, but found none of them to have the right screen chemistry to play the lead female. As such, Mary Dresselhuys was given the supporting role of Mary and soon to be a major star Lily Bouwmeester was flatly refused on account of her 'plain' looks. Instead, they picked the studio secretary Dolly, who had little acting experience, but did indeed look prettier on screen than both of the other actresses mentioned and managed to hold her own against professional stage actors such as Ruys and De Bree.
When Loes goes to meet the Baron to plead him to give her husband his job back, he mistakes her for the new housekeeper, a woman with a limp who used to be a lion-tamer (the only applicant butch enough to take a job for the Kribbebijter). Uncle Moeki takes advantage of the misunderstanding and lo and behold, the grumpy old Baron takes a liking to the young girl and slowly begins to mellow. Of course he still objects to the pairing of Mary and Hans and plans to marry her off to dimwitted (but wealthy) farmer Schimmelman (Chris Baay). However, thanks to another misunderstanding, Schimmelman thinks the Baron is offering him the services of his cook.
Not knowing where his wife has gone off to, Willy (one of the least developed parts in the play) goes back home to look for her and thanks to Moeki, starts playing along until everything is resolved in a happy end for all concerned. De Kribbebijter was a big hit with the Dutch movie going audience and stayed in theaters until for seven years, until 1942. And indeed it is still an amiable piece of entertainment, despite the somewhat dated humor and incredibly posh accents all round.
8 out of 10
- Aug 7, 2010