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The Poet and the Little Mother (1959)

Poeten og Lillemor (original title)
The Poet and Little Mom buy a cottage with a large poets' grant. The creditor gets mortgage and demands his money by New Year's Eve or they lose the cottage. It's time to earn money.


Erik Balling (uncredited)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henning Moritzen ... Poeten
Helle Virkner Helle Virkner ... Lillemor
Ove Sprogøe ... Anton
Lis Løwert Lis Løwert ... Vera
Olaf Ussing Olaf Ussing ... Kreditoren
Dirch Passer ... Bageren
Karl Stegger Karl Stegger ... Slagteren
Valsø Holm Valsø Holm ... Købmanden
Helga Frier Helga Frier ... Købmandens kone
Kjeld Petersen ... Henry Hamber
Judy Gringer Judy Gringer ... Lise
Paul Hagen Paul Hagen ... Postbudet
Axel Strøbye ... Landmåleren
Ole Mogens Ole Mogens ... Sangeren
Henry Lohmann Henry Lohmann


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 {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

6 March 1959 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Einesteils der Liebe wegen See more »

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Nordisk Film See more »
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1.66 : 1
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The role of Henry Hamber was originally intended for Buster Larsen. See more »


Written by Bent Fabricius-Bjerre & Klaus Rifbjerg
Performed by Ole Mogens
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Comics coming to life
28 December 2013 | by milton-freddySee 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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