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by Chris van der Leer on May 31st, 2016

I have started to upload some old Afrikaans movies to Youtube; these movies are vintage and the copyright has expired. Its great to make these classics available for viewing.

Daar Doer In Die Bosveld

​This is a classic South African comedy in which a young Jamie Uys plays producer, writer, director and star, and his wife Hettie Uys the romantic interest. 

Somewhere in the bushveld, Hans Botha is doing the usual farm rounds when his friend and neighbour comes around with an urgent request: please collect the new teacher at the bus stop. The shy Hans is alarmed, saying he does not know how to talk to women. Prevailed on nevertheless, Hans sets off in his old jalopy, which for good measure has no brakes. He eventually arrives at the bus stop, where the teacher, Martie, is waiting patiently. She is pretty and young and the already flustered Hans proceeds to flatten her hatbox, allow the car to run off with her, and dump her in the river. By the time Hans says goodbye, Martie is angry and he is in love.

Genre: Comedy / Romance
English name: 'Far Away in the Bushveld', 
Subtitles: English (Hard coded)
Release date: 8 November 1951 (South Africa)
Production: Raathfilms

​Fratse In Die Vloot

​South African slapstick comedy duo Al Debbo and his stocky sidekick Fred Burgers star in another madcap caper, the sequel to Dis Lekker Om Te Lewe. Forced to leave the army at the end of the previous film, Stoffie and Fanie enlist in the navy in Simon´s Town. The two down-on-their-luck performing artists can´t wait to go to sea, so when they are roped in as stewards on a ship headed for Angola, they tell everyone, including a crook who is trying to smuggle stolen diamonds out of the country. Before long, the dilly duo are trying to cope with life on board and life on shore, where they keep on bumping into a pretty girl who wants to divest Stoffie of his suitcase. This comedy culminates in a wonderfully amusing stage scene in which the comedians pretend to be ballerinas to evade a clutch of villains.

Twee kabaretkunstenaars met vlootuniforms as kostuums doen hulle voor as admirale in die vloot om voorkeurbehandeling te kry. Maar gou is dit duidelik dat dié twee nie veel weet van vlootprosedures nie. ´n Lekker dolle komedie.

Full length (75 min) black and white South African movie in Afrikaans released on 4 July 1958. This copy courtesy of the South African Department of Arts & Culture.

Stars: Al Debbo, Frederik Burgers, Vera Gibson 
Studio: Afrikaanse Rolprentproduksies


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