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My Old Dutch
My Old Dutch

My Old Dutch 1934


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My Old Dutch 1934

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Sinclair Hill

This moving family drama - with time for some laughs - portrays the life and hardships of a working class Hackney couple over a span of 40 years. Our intrepid couple (wonderfully played by Betty Balfour and Michael Hogan) have to face everything life throws at them with fortitude, from the Great War (a son in the RAF and zeppelin raids) to a raging oil fire during the Great Strike. The inimitable Gordon Harker provides sterling support.

The film the couple watch at the cinema is the 1915 version of My Old Dutch, starring Albert Chevalier (writer of the original music hall song) and Florence Turner. As the complete silent film is now believed to be lost, this 1934 version contains the only surviving footage.

Directed by

Sinclair Hill


Betty Balfour

Gordon Harker




General Strike 1926 World War I Family life


Free Archive Features Cinema of WWI




United Kingdom

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