In this high-spirited and highly successful comedy with a very strong cast and quite a few hit songs, three younger men each has to step up to the challenge and overcome the local and ...
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In this high-spirited and highly successful comedy with a very strong cast and quite a few hit songs, three younger men each has to step up to the challenge and overcome the local and rather maniacal patriarch Mikkelsen (Johannes Meyer). Vilhelm (Paul Rohde) is to take over the patriarch's business and marry Mikkelsen's daughter Anna (Gerda Sprehn). Kristian (Hans W. Petersen) is Mikkelsen's unknown son about to win the national bicycle championship and to marry Mikkelsen's lodger Lotte (Beatrice Bonnesen). Nummesen (Chr. Arhoff) is Mikkelsen's wit-full friend about to help everybody out and eventually to marry Mikkelsen's housemaid and former mistress Rasmine (Helga Frier). Rare for it's days, the movie is partly filmed outside the film studios in iconic localities around nostalgic Copenhagen: Bellevue Beach, Dyrehavsbakken entertainment park and Ordrup bicycle racing track.
Prolific actor Johannes Meyer established his later often repeated role as a grumpy man in this character study representing the best film from director George Schnéevoight. Actors in those days still tended to repeat their old exaggerated theater mannerisms, and the younger comedian Arhoff find it difficult to display his own talent for extreme mannerisms in the company of Meyer, and that suits us all just fine. This is a burlesque comedy of the rough nature you could still get away with in the Thirties, and there are some hilarious scenes connected to simpleminded musical interludes. There are other farces in this genre, but none pulled off in such an impressive manner. It took some decades before the industry reinvented the genre in black comedies. Axel Frische was in on the manuscript, and he executed many effective farces and comedies of the day.
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