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30 September 2012

Lou Bandy



This week EFSP has its yearly Netherlands Film Star Postcards Festival again. During the Netherlands Film Festival (26 September - 5 October 2012) we provide you daily with postcards and bios of Dutch film stars. Today we pay tribute to singer and entertainer Lou Bandy (1890 - 1959), who was one of the most popular artists of The Netherlands between the two world wars. His songs like Zoek de zon op (Look for the sun) and Louise zit niet op je nagels te bijten (Louise, Stop Biting your Nails) became Dutch evergreens.

Lou Bandy, Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam). Photo: Filma. Publicity still for Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed (1934).

Lou Bandy
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam). Photo: Filma. Publicity still for Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed (1934).

Standup Comedian Avant-la-lettre
Lou Bandy was born as Lodewijk Ferdinand Dieben in Den Haag (The Hague) in 1890. He grew up in a poor family. At home and on his primary school, he was taught singing and Lou proved to be very good at it. He started as a streetsinger before he made his stage debut in a variety show in 1915. He appeared with his four years older brother Wil as The Bandy Brothers . Their stage name was a phonetic anagram of their real surname Die-ben). The brothers separated soon because of Lou’s difficult personality. Wil would become a popular entertainer in The Netherlands, known as Willy Derby. In 1921 Lou married the German pianist and dancer Eugenie Küch, who would manage him to the top of the Dutch entertainment world. In the following decades Lou became a standup comedian avant-la-lettre. His trademark was a straw hat.

Roland Varno, Truus van Aalten, Dries Krijn en Lou Bandy in Het meisje met de blauwe hoed
Dutch postcard by M. B.& Z. (M. Bonnist & Zonen, Amsterdam). Photo: Filma. Publicity still for Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed (1934).

Lou Bandy, Roland Varno, Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed
Dutch postcard by R.E.B., no. 3. Photo: publicity still for Het Meisje met de Blauwe Hoed/The girl with the blue hat (1934).

Grand Revues
During the 1930's, Lou Bandy starred in two Dutch shorts and two feature films. In his biggest success, the army comedy Het meisje met den blauwen hoed/The Girl with the Blue Hat (1934, Rudolf Meinert) he co-starred with the internationally known Truus van Aalten and Roland Varno. Lou played a dual role as Toontje, one of the soldiers, and as himself, Lou Bandy the variety artist. The film songs were written by Alex de Haas and Max Tak. Bandy recorded two of them, In de petoet (In jail) and Vaste verkering is niets voor een soldaat (No soldier should have a steady girlfriend), and they became popular hits. In the flop Het leven is niet zoo kwaad/Life Isn't That bad (1935, Haro van Peski) he costarred with Dutch film diva Fien de la Mar. Bandy was foremost a star of the revue and stayed so after the war. In the 1950’s his grand revues became less fashionable and he started to work for the radio. He often performed at the very popular radio show De Bonte Dinsdagavondtrein (The Colourful Train of Tuesday Evening). His life ended tragically. After the death of his wife in 1944, he had many escapades with young girls. Two such affairs ended in marriages: to Sinia Franke (1948-1949) and to the 43 years younger Carla van den Hurk (1952-1958). During the 1950's, Lou Bandy lost his public and had to be treated in a psychiatric clinic. Alone in his flat in Zandvoort, he committed suicide in 1959. He had one daughter from his first marriage, Louise (1928).


Scene from Het meisje met den blauwen hoed/The Girl with the Blue Hat (1934). Source: Johanpa3 (YouTube).


Campy clip of De zingende broeder singing Lou Bandy's evergreen Louise zit niet op je nagels te bijten (Louise, Stop Biting your Nails). Source: De zingende broeder (YouTube).

Sources: Ben Leenders (Historici.nl) (Dutch), Wikipedia (Dutch) and IMDb.

5 comments:

Robin said...

It seams a bit silly to have committed suicide at the age of 69. If he had just waited a few days....okay maybe a few weeks....surely he would have died of old age.

BeachILike said...

Agreed with Robin, but who knows.. maybe he just can't wait any longer.

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MuseSwings said...

Robin's comment is too funny. I forgot what I was going to say. Enjoyed the post!

Beth Niquette said...

What a wonderful entry. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog this morning. I had never heard of this wonderful fellow. I'm so sorry to hear he died the way he did.

Snap said...

Always an interesting post when I visit. Thanks!