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Bleeke Bet


Comedy about a vegetable seller in the centre of Amsterdam who wants to marry her daughter to the son of a dodgy businessman.

Bleeke Bet was made along the same lines as De Jantjes (The sailor lads): a song or two, a few famous actors and a simple story. Vegetable seller Bet is in cahoots with shady character Van Santen. In order to tighten her hold on him, she arranges for her beautiful daughter Jans to marry Hannes van Santen, the businessman's wimpy son. Jans is in love with Ko, a handsome sailor sailor. Bet's attempts to drive them apart come to nothing but when Ko is reported lost at sea, a desperate Jans gives in to her mother's wishes. On the day of the wedding Ko turns out to be alive and just in time to take his rightful place at the altar next to Jans. The businessman's shady dealings also come to light and a shamefaced Bet has to admit defeat.

Bleeke Bet is a film version of the eponymous play by Dutch playwright Herman Bouber. The songs were interpreted by Johan Heesters and Fien de la Mar, both famous names in the Dutch pre-war entertainment world.

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  • Bleeke Bet
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Monopole Film (Distributeur)
censorship date
24 August 1934
release date
7 September 1934
modified date
20 October 2011
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  • 111 min / archival print: 102 min
    3032 mtr
    3032 mtr
    Black & White

K. Dittrich, Achter het doek: Duitse immigranten in de Nederlandse speelfilm in de jaren dertig, Houten (1987), p. 124
H. Belach und W. Jacobsen (red.), Richard Oswald: Regisseur und Produzent, München (1990), p. 177
Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; B1428)