At the North Sea

Lau Lauritzen Sr., Denmark, 1927

101 min.DK/FeatureComedy, DramaSilent films

On the west coast of Jutland lives old Malin (Petrine Sonne) and her adopted son Tom (Erling Schroeder), who is in love with the beach-warden's daughter Karin (Karin Nellemose), but her father is dead set against marriage. Tom allows two kind tramps, Pat and Patachon (Carl Schenstrøm and Harald Madsen) to build a hut on the beach. The two go fishing, but lose their boat when they hook a whale. During a storm, their hut blows away, and the captain of a stranded ship reveals that Tom is the son of a wealthy English couple. Pat and Patachon manage to get them reunited and also discover that the ghosts haunting the area are really a gang of smugglers led by Tom's villainous rival.
One of the pair's biggest successes, containing all the characteristic elements of their films: the two lovable tramps, the young lovers they help, and the bevy of beautiful "Lau-girls" (inspired by Sennett's Bathing Beauties, but here dressed in non-daring national costume). Tempo and farce are less important than a sweet and charming atmosphere, even if the film also contains a dance scene which is one of the funniest things Pat and Patachon ever did. The Pat and Patachon films were also characteristically shot in picturesque Danish countryside locations. In fact, they were the only Danish films to make any real use of the Danish landscape; the resolutely urban or foreign background of most Danish films sets them apart from those made in the other Nordic countries, where national and rural themes predominated.
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Original title Vester-Vov-Vov
Danish title Vester-Vov-Vov
International titles Vid Västerhavets vågor, People of the North Sea, Pat und Patachon am Nordseestrand
Director Lau Lauritzen Sr.
Screenplay A.V. Olsen, Lau Lauritzen Sr.
Director of Photography Valdemar Christensen, Hugo J. Fischer
Sound Preben Mortensen, Poul Nyrup
Composer Ole Høyer
Appearance Carl Schenstrøm, Harald Madsen, Jørgen Lund, Kate Fabian
Production country Denmark
Production company Palladium
Domestic distribution Film-Centralen-Palladium
International sales
Technical info 2560 meter, 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 14.10.1927
Cinemas World Cinema
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Production company Palladium
Domestic distribution Film-Centralen-Palladium


Direction Lau Lauritzen Sr.
Organizer John Hilbard


Script A.V. Olsen
Script Lau Lauritzen Sr.


Cinematography Valdemar Christensen
Cinematography Hugo J. Fischer


Music Ole Høyer


Sound Preben Mortensen
Sound Poul Nyrup
Synchronization Edith Schlüssel


eftersynkroniseret Carl Nielsen
eftersynkroniseret Sven Hansson
eftersynkroniseret Jørgen Kiil
eftersynkroniseret Inge Ketti
eftersynkroniseret Susanne Jagd
eftersynkroniseret Valsø Holm

Visual effects

Title design Leif Alberg


Fyrtaarnet Carl Schenstrøm
Bivognen Harald Madsen
Willing, krovært Jørgen Lund
Fru Willing Kate Fabian
Birthe, Willings datter Karin Nellemose
Gamle Maren Petrine Sonne
Tom, gamle Marens søn Erling Schroeder
Fiskeopkøber Karl Jørgensen
Toms bedstefar Viggo Wiehe
Toms bedstemor Emma Wiehe
Hellig Søren Christian Schrøder
Appearance Emmy Schønfeld
Appearance Kai Holm

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