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Hr. Tell og Søn (1930)



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Credited cast:
Carl Schenstrøm ... Fyrtaarnet
Harald Madsen ... Bivognen
Olga Svendsen Olga Svendsen ... Tante Malle
Julietta Brandt Julietta Brandt ... Tante Fie
Henrik Malberg Henrik Malberg ... Onkel Jokum
Christian Schrøder ... Onkel Teobald
Marguerite Viby ... Ung pige
Nina Kalckar Nina Kalckar ... Ung pige
Johannes Andresen Johannes Andresen ... Herkules
Tonny Lehmann Tonny Lehmann ... Varietédirektør
Anton De Verdier Anton De Verdier ... Teaterdirektør
Asbjørn Andersen Asbjørn Andersen ... Teatermedarbejder
Svend Bille Svend Bille ... Teaterdirektørens ven
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tove Bang Tove Bang ... Pige, der mister nederdel
Aage Bendixen Aage Bendixen ... Artist


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Release Date:

7 October 1930 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Flirt, funkis och fullträffar See more »

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Palladium Productions See more »
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Edited into Fy og Bi på eventyr (1955) See more »

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4 March 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Carl Schenstrøm and Harald Madsen were the leading pair of 'Fat and Skinny' comedians in the movie world until Laurel and Hardy came along. While their characters never shed their movie-comic trappings -- ill fitting costumes, weird mustaches and bad hats -- they remained enormously popular and continued making films until 1940 -- two years after their first and best director, Lau Lauritzen Sr. died and two years before Schenstrom, the skinny one died.

Kinowelt, which has had success with its Laurel & Hardy DVD set has produced a seven-DVD set of the comedies, under the name "Pat und Patachon", the name they were known under in Germany. I have issues. The versions are cut down (this one is 48 minutes instead of the original run time of 95 minutes) and a voice over tells you what is going on -- in German, which, alas, I do not speak. These are apparently TV versions made in the late 1960s or early 1970s and it is difficult to judge what is missing -- although a lot of the continuity is definitely lost.

In this one, they play a couple of small time performers with ambitions. Schenstrom imagines himself a dancer; Madsen is a dab hand with any aimed weapon, including bow, gun, slingshot and spit. They have a cabaret act in which Madsen shoots an apple off Schenstrom's head. Interestingly, in character, they remind me of Abbott and Costello, although Schenstrom is not a straight man. The situations are well constructed, the gags are well performed and if the movie seems episodic with the occasional sudden twist, well, chopping out half the movie can't have helped. Still, this is a strong and interesting comedy and worth a look for any fan of silent -- or indeed, any sort of film -- comedy.

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