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30 September 2011

Enny Meunier

During the Netherlands Film Festival (21 - 30 September 2011), EFSP presents the Unofficial Dutch Film Star Postcards Festival. Our festival ends this year with Dutch actress Enny Meunier (1912 - 1996). This celebrated stage actress also performed on radio and TV. During the 1930’s she starred in three Dutch films.

Annie van Duyn, Jopie Koopman and Enny Meunier in Malle gevallen
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam), no. 13. Photo: Loet C. Barnstijn Film. Still for Malle gevallen (1934, Jaap Speyer) with Annie van Duyn and Jopie Koopman.

Her Parents' Footsteps
Enny Meunier was born as Anna Maria Cornelia Josephine Mulder in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1912. She was the daughter of actor Maurice Meunier and actress Marie Nagtegaal. Emmy worked for a short time at the press bureau Vaz Dias, but then decided to follow into her parents’ footsteps. She made her stage debut at the Schouwtoneel. A long theatre career followed. During the 1930’s she starred in three films. She was the schoolgirl Kitty opposite student Roland Varno in the comedy Malle gevallen/Silly Situations (1934, Jaap Speyer) based on a novel by Hans Martin. Despite the critics did not like the film, Malle Gevallen did make its money back and was re-released several times, until the Nazis banned the film in 1942 for unknown reasons (there is nothing anti-German in it) during their occupation of the Netherlands. In 1935 Meunier appeared in the crime drama Het Mysterie van de Mondscheinsonate/The Mystery of the Mondschein Sonata (1935, Kurt Gerron) starring Louis de Bree. Her final film was the drama Rubber (1936, Johan De Meester, Gerard Rutten) co-starring Johan de Meester and Frits van Dongen (aka Philip Dorn). It was one of the few Dutch films, set in a colony, the Dutch Indies (now Indonesia). The film focuses on a Dutch newlywed pair (Meunier and Van Dongen) who try to adjust to the rough life on Sumatran plantation.

Roland Varno, Enny Meunier in Malle Gevallen
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam), no. 9. Photo: Loet C. Barnstijn Film. Still for Malle gevallen (1934, Jaap Speyer) with Roland Varno.

Enny Meunier and  Roland Varno in Malle gevallen
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam), no. 10. Photo: Loet C. Barnstijn Film. Still for Malle gevallen/Silly Situations (1934, Jaap Speyer) with Roland Varno.

Colombina
Twice Enny Meunier was awarded the prestigious Dutch theatre award, the Columbina as Best Supporting player in a Dutch stage play, for her roles in Ornifie (1955-1956) and Schakels (1963-1964; Connections), written by Herman Heijermans. On TV she was seen in the crime series Maigret (1968) starring Wies Andersen and Jan Teulings, and in several TV plays a.o. Gevaarlijk tussenspel/Dangerous Interplay (1961, Paul Cammermans) written by F. Wyndham-Mallock, and Mooi weer vandaag/Home (1971, Karl Guttman, Berend Boudewijn), written by David Storey. Enny Meunier died in 1996 in Den Haag (The Hague), The Netherlands. She was married to Jujutsu and Judo pioneer Maurice van Nieuwenhuizen and since 1930 they lived in Den Haag.

Annie van Duyn, Enny Meunier, Johan Kaart jr., Roland Varno in Malle gevallen
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam), no. 3. Photo: Loet C. Barnstijn Film. Still for Malle gevallen/Silly Situations (1934, Jaap Speyer) with Johan Kaart.

Roland Varno, Johan Kaart, Annie van Duyn, Louis Borel, Jopie Koopman, Enny Meunier, Malle gevallen
Dutch postcard by Loet C. Barnstijn Film, no. 11. Photo: still for Malle Gevallen/Silly Situations (1934, Jaap Speyer) with a.o. Louis Borel. Collection: Egbert Barten.

Sources: Film in Nederland (Dutch), Wikipedia (Dutch) and IMDb.

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