The first Dutch full length colour feature film is an adaptation of the German film Acht Mädels im Boot (Eight girls in a boat). It marked Willy van Hemert’s debut as a film director.
‘Age is not better, hardly as well qualified to be an instructor of youth, for it has not profited as much as it has lost.’ With these words by Thoreau, Nikolai van der Heyde ends his fascinating film about a Dutch boy and an American girl who try to live their own lives in the narrow-minded province of Friesland of the 1920s.
In 1927 the Flemish author, Stijn Streuvels (1871-1969) wrote a story rich in action and dramatic incident. lts theme was fear of anything new and unknown. His famous compatriot, Hugo Claus, used this as the basis for his script for Fons Rademakers' film. Not only the heroine, Mira, but also the Flemish countryside is strikingly present.
Joyce Sinclair is a governess to Enid, the little daughter of Henry Ferguson, an old friend of her late father.
Maurice Hardacre is attending a ball in New York together with his fiancée Marion when he is summoned to the death-bed of his father. Maurice finds that he is now penniless. When she hears this, Marion, at the instigation of her mercenary mother, breaks off the engagement. Maurice goes to England and appeals for work to his wealthy uncle Jasper Hardacre, the owner of a ship-building yard. The young man is given a job as clerk in his uncle's office.
Fisherman’s drama by actor-director Theo Frenkel.
Jonkheer Axel van Hoogveld is a medical student who hopes that, as doctor, he can devote his life to the benefit of mankind.
Mavis Keeves is the daughter of a man who by reckless speculations, prompted by Sir Harry Winderbank, comes to ruin and death. She is loved by Harry Winderbank, the baronet's son, but her hatred of the father prevents her appreciating the son. She leaves her native town and takes a situation in a London drapery establishment, where she attracts the attention of Lord Kegworth, who uses every possible means to get her into his power. She is repeatedly rescued from danger by a humble workman.
Despite his promise to marry her, John Ayre, a stock broker in financial difficulties, breaks off his relationship with Jane Williams, the manageress of a fashion-house, in order to become engaged to Edith Lawson, the daughter of a banker, hoping that this will improve his financial situation. The engagement turns out to be a miscalculation when Lawson goes bankrupt. Ayre promptly deserts Edith. Jane, who can no longer endure living with her stepmother and stepbrother, certainly now they are aware of what there has been between her and Ayre, goes to America.