De levende ladder

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Summary

Annie falls in love with circus clown Pedro, but her father forbids their romance.

It is a fine, sunny day when, together with her family and friends, Annie celebrates her birthday with a picnic outside her father's farmstead. When the circus run by Janus Blanus comes to the neighbouring village, Annie attends a performance. She falls promptly in love with the circus clown, as he does with her. However, her father forbids their romance, as he does not want to have a vagabond as a son-in-law. Annie goes to stay with friends who live in a windmill. She is there alone when a fire breaks out. The local fire-brigade arrives on the scene, but it turns out that the ladders are too short to reach the uppermost balcony of the mill to which the girl has fled to escape the flames. Then the circus acrobats headed by the clown form a living ladder by climbing on each other's shoulders and the clown is able to rescue Annie from the burning mill. When she recovers from the shock, Annie is reunited with the clown. The girl's father, grateful to the man who saved his daughter's life and realizing that the young people truly love each other, finally gives his permission for Annie and the clown to marry.

Information

original title
De levende ladder
foreign release title
L'échelle vivante
production year
1913
release date
24-01-1913
country
Netherlands
category
Fictional
keywords

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Cast

Actor

Crew

Technical notations

original length
950
sound
Silent
colour
Tinting
format
35mm
acts
2

Resources

G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), p. 102


'Van, uit en over theaters', in: De Kinematograaf met Bijblad De Film, no. 4, 14 februari 1913, p. 23


Ruud Bishoff, Hollywood in Holland, Amsterdam (1988), p. 33, p. 44, p. 117


'Karakterschets: Maurits H. Binger', in: De Hollandsche Revue 2 (1916), pp. 92-93


Erste Internationale Film-Zeitung, no. 2, 11 januari 1913


Algemeen Handelsblad, 8 februari 1913

De Kinematograaf No. 4, 14 februari 1913

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