Dries, Manus and Ton are returning from conscription service. 'Aunt' Piet tries to break Dries' relationship with Greet, so her son Leendert can take her.


(as Jaap Speijer)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fien de la Mar ...
Susie Klein ...
Cissy Van Bennekom ...
Doortje (as Cissij van Bennekom)
Marie Van Westerhoven ...
Moeder Betje
Willy Castello ...
Dolle Dries - haar zoon (as Willij Castello)
Aaf Bouber ...
Tante Piet
Joan Remmelts ...
Leendert - haar zoon
Cor Hermus ...
Oom Gerrit - haar man
Rika Hopper ...
Mevrouw Steenman
Oscar Tourniaire ...
Mijnheer Steenman
Jan Van Ees ...
Blauwe Toon
Johan Kaart ...
Schele Manus (as Johan Kaart Jr)
Heintje Davids ...
Na Druppel
Sylvain Poons ...
De Mop (as Sijlvain Poons)
Amsy Moina ...
Sarina (as Amsij Moina)


The Jordaan is a typical working class neighborhood in Amsterdam. This is the place the 'Jantjes' are returning to from conscription service at the Royal Navy. Dries, Manus and Ton aren't sure what is waiting for them. They need to find work but that seems an impossible task. Ton, the lazy one, isn't in a relationship, but has a very caring mother. His father is less understanding though. Ton gets lost in drinking. Manus' girlfriend, Jans, has left him to date upper class people. Greet, Dries' girlfriend has been more faithful. She has been constantly harassed by the spoiled Leendert, the son of pub owner 'Aunt' Piet, but has rejected him every time. She wants only Dries. Piet however has only thing on her mind to help her son: break Greets and Dries' relationship. She starts with Dries' mother, who owes her a lot of money, and tells her Greet isn't 'honorable' anymore. It doesn't stop at that. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Comedy | Drama






Release Date:

9 February 1934 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Die drei Matrosen  »

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The producers wanted this film to be the first Dutch talkie, but were beaten to the punch by Willem van Oranje (1934), which was released slightly more than a month earlier. See more »


Version of De jantjes (1922) See more »

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A little gem
21 July 2004 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Yes, this sure is a little pre-war Dutch gem. I always liked the Astaire/Rogers musicals, and watched this Dutch musical with quite a bit of anticipation. Could it be anywhere near as good as the Astaire/Rogers classics? Well... yes! Taking into account the budget, which must have been 1/1000th of the budget on an American film, De Jantjes came out very well indeed. Good story line, nice camera work, OK acting (although it always surprises me how 'old' Dutch from the 30s sounds) and a couple of classic songs. I didn't even know some of the songs in the movie were from that era. Thought they were much younger. A Chance to see Heintje David play and sing shouldn't be missed either. You should go see this movie when you get the chance!

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