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The Poet and the Little Mother (1959)
"Poeten og Lillemor" (original title)

 -  Family  -  6 March 1959 (Denmark)
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Poeten and Lillemor are making their living on his writing, but the general interest in modern poetry is low and their income very small. A creditor is dogging them, when a sudden bequest ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helle Virkner ...
Ove Sprogøe ...
Lis Løwert ...
Olaf Ussing ...
Karl Stegger ...
Valsø Holm ...
Helga Frier ...
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Kjeld Petersen ...
Henry Hamber
Judy Gringer ...
Paul Hagen ...
Axel Strøbye ...
Ole Mogens ...
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Poeten and Lillemor are making their living on his writing, but the general interest in modern poetry is low and their income very small. A creditor is dogging them, when a sudden bequest gives them some breathing-space. They buy an old house in a small village, where living is cheaper than in Copenhagen. The villagers are distrustful towards the newcomers. After a while the baker, the butcher and the grocer won't give Poeten and Lillemor credit anymore. Also the old creditor is back dogging them. Should Poeten renounce his high poetical standards and write simple verses for popular music, to get money? Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Based on one of Denmark's longest-running comic strips. See more »


Followed by Poeten og Lillemor og Lotte (1960) See more »

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Comics coming to life
28 December 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

There are a number of comics transferred to film, and that trend carried on even today with the vast number of superheroes revitalized by adventure films backed by CGE effects. In Denmark in the fifties popular family comics such as 'Far til Fire' and 'Poeten og lillemor' were brought to life. The main character was modeled after the Danish poet Frank Jæger, and once I actually lived in the neighborhood of his village house. After nine years in a daily newspaper, the comic had become an institution, so Erik Balling thought it safe to portray it on film. The poet family couple performed perfectly by Henning Moritzen and Helle Virkner makes us accept details that is rather silly, but together with the ensemble of colorful local characters in the village, where the poet family through a donation can afford to buy a modest house, things work out to our indulgence. Capable director Balling prevents this comedy vehicle from ending up as a mere farce. The film caused two sequels to be issued, but they were not so sparkling as the first installment.

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