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De kribbebijter


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.

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original title
  • De kribbebijter
foreign release title
  • The Cross-Patch
  • Der Murrkopf
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distribution company
Universal-Film-Agency (Distributeur)
censorship date
9 July 1935
release date
8 August 1935
modified date
1 October 2012
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Chris Baay Schimmelman, his neighbour
Jan Blok
Louis Borel Mr. van Maren, Mary's friend
Louis de Bree Uncle Moekie, Baron's brother-in-law
Anton Burgdorffer
Frits van Dongen Willy, the son of the Baron
Mary Dresselhuys Mary, Baron's daughter
John Gobau
Marta Janssen
August Kiehl Frans
Sophie Köhler - van Dijk
Sien de la Mar - Klopper Katrien, kitchen maid of the Baron
Dolly Mollinger Loes, Willy's wife
Cor Ruys Baron Van Hergershuizen, the 'Kribbebijter'
Mary Smith Roosje
Decor A.H. Wegerif
Camera Henk Alsem
Montage Oscar van Leer
Composer Max Tak
Regie-assistent Louis de Bree
Scenario writer Alexander Alexander, Jane Besse
Director Ernst Winar, Henry Koster
Producer Rudolf Meyer
  • 90 min / Archival print: 84 min
    2467 mtr
    2467 mtr
    Black & White

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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