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Help! The Doctor Is Drowning (1974)
"Help, de dokter verzuipt!" (original title)

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Small town doctor Angelino falls in love at first sight with schoolteacher Irene. Bram the Builder is in love with gypsy girl Katja. Neither of the two men know how to convey their feelings to the objects of their affection.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jules Croiset ...
Dokter Angelino
Martine Bijl ...
Irene Muller
Piet Bambergen ...
Aannemer Bram Van Tienen
Ward de Ravet ...
Meneer Pastoor
Leen Jongewaard ...
Veldwachter Van Bree
Fanny Winkler ...
Romain Deconinck ...
Herman de Rechtvaardige
Frans Mulder ...
Geert Thijssens ...
Everhard van Dungen
Betsy Smeets ...
Onno Molenkamp ...
Henk O'Breen ...
Broer Sipma ...
Lou Steenbergen ...
Henny Alma ...
Moeder Majella


Small town doctor Angelino falls in love at first sight with schoolteacher Irene. Bram the Builder is in love with gypsy girl Katja. Neither of the two men know how to convey their feelings to the objects of their affection.

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28 February 1974 (Netherlands)  »

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Two men in love - but not with the same woman (nor with each other)
20 November 2005 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

How do you turn a book that is mainly made up out of anecdotes into a coherent film? A: By expanding the role of the one character that glues all the different scenarios together (the doctor played by Jules Croiset). B: by adding a brand new comic relief (comedian Piet Bambergen as a contractor). And C: inventing a love story for both of them. And so the movie ends up with two main story lines: the doctor is in love with prim and proper school teacher Irene (Martine Bijl), while the contractor falls head over heels for hot gypsy woman Katja (Willeke van Ammelrooy). The doctor gets help from the town vicar (Ward de Ravet), while the builder has to do it on his own accord. Both of them end up in embarrassing predicaments before they get the girls.

Despite of these parallel plot lines, the film still shows a distinct lack of focus. There are many characters and plot lines that don't go anywhere and are unresolved. For instance, Contractor Bram is treated for worms by being buried up to his neck in the doctor's garden for a while. All the nuns take a swimming lesson that never leads to anything and the fate of the terminally ill Chrisje (Lou Steenbergen) is never adequately resolved. Near the end of the film Irene's employment becomes rather questionable, owing to her unorthodox teaching methods, but this is never fully addressed either.

Nikolai van der Heyde assembled a solid comedic cast to bring Toon Kortooms' novel of the same name to life. Apart from the ones mentioned above, there was Leen Jongewaard as the police officer (another character written especially for the film). And although she remains uncredited, Willeke van Ammelrooy's mother was portrayed by Willeke van Ammelrooy's mother. The movie was a hit, not in the least thanks to the appearance of Dutch sex bomb Van Ammelrooy, and inspired Toon Kortooms to sit down and write a sequel as soon as possible, which reached the silver screen six years later.

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