De kribbebijter

Summary

Romantic comedy about a secretary and the disinherited son of a baron.

In De kribbebijter, Willy, the son of a baron, sets his sights on an untitled girl. He marries her in spite of his extremely curmudgeonly father who promptly disinherits him. Willy finds a job but looses it again as a result of his father's machinations. Willy's wife decides to take action and applies for the job of housekeeper in the baron's household. Helped by her sister-and-law and the baron's brother, she earns the respect of her father-in-law who is then reconciled with his lost son and daughter-in-law.

Stage actress Mary Dresselhuys was asked to audition for the leading part but did not get it. Producer Rudolf Meyer and director Henry Koster didn't think she was photogenic enough: "Leider gnädige Frau, sind Sie nich zu fotografieren.' (I'm sorry madam, but you are impossible to photograph). She was offered a minor part, as a consolation prize.

The public loved the film, which starred famous actors like Frits van Dongen, Dresselhuys, Cor Ruys and Sien de la Mar. The critics had nothing but praise for actors and director alike. The film was seen as an important departure from the popular but essentially farcical Jordaan films.

Information

original title
De kribbebijter
foreign release title
Der Murrkopf
production year
1935
censorship date
09-07-1935
release date
08-08-1935
country
Netherlands
category
Fictional
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Cast

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Technical notations

runtime
90 min / Archival print: 84
language
Dutch
original length
2467
censorship length
2467
sound
Sound
colour
Black & White
format
35mm
acts
9

Resources

K. Dittrich, Achter het doek: Duitse immigranten in de Nederlandse speelfilm in de jaren dertig, Houten (1987), pp. 130-131

Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; C1220)

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