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25 September 2014

Ery Bos

Today is the second day of the Nederlands Film Festival (24 September - 3 October 2014) and EFSP presents another post in the unofficial Dutch Film Star Postcards Festival. Sweet and elegant Ery Bos (1908-2005) was a Dutch-German actress, who had a short but productive film career in the early German sound film. In only three years, from 1932 till 1934, she took part in a dozen films.

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German collectors card by Salem Zigaretten in the series Bunte Filmbilder, no. 269 (in a series of 275). Photo: Dührkoop / Ross Verlag.

Solo Dancer


Erika Bos was born in Berlin, Germany in 1908 (some sources say 1910). She was the daughter of Dutch composer and pianist Coenraad V. Bos.

At the age of 10, she already had dance classes. She first attended public attention as a solo dancer in the 1920s and at 17 she was already a solo dancer in the city of Dortmund.

The beautiful dancer also followed speaking lessons by Ilka Grüning and soon she was spotted by the major German film studio Ufa.

Ery made her film début with Peter Lorre in the crime film Schuß im Morgengrauen/Shot at Dawn (Alfred Zeisler, 1932).

To her other films that year belong Liebe in Uniform/Love in Uniform (Georg Jacoby, 1932) and Unmögliche Liebe/Crown of Thorns (Ery Grünfeld, 1932) in which she appeared as a daughter of Asta Nielsen.

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German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 7919/1, 1932-1933. Photo: Atelier Yva, Berlin.

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Dutch postcard by JosPe, no. 529.

Escaping the holocaust


In 1933, Ery Bos played parts in Roman einer Nacht/Story of a Night (Carl Boese, 1933) and Der Zarewitsch/The Czarevitch (Victor Janson, 1933) starring Márta Eggerth.

After the Nazis had gained power in 1933, the Jewish actress soon fled the country, escaping the holocaust.

In 1934, her final films Mit dir durch dick und dünn/With you through thick and thin (Frans Seitz, 1934), Du bist entzückend, Rosmarie!/You are adorable, Rosmarie! (Hans von Wolzogen, 1934), Jede Frau hat ein Geheimnis/Every Woman Has a Secret (Max Obal, 1934) with Karin Hardt, and Grüß' mir die Lore noch einmal/Greet Lore again for me (Carl Heinz Wolff, 1934), could be seen in the German cinemas.

Ery Bos married Herbert Grünfeld (1908-1977) and lived as Ery Grünfeld in the US. She would never make another film.

In 2005, Erika Grünfeld died in Chappaqua (some sources say New Castle) in the state of New York at the age of 96.

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German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 8282/1, 1933-1934. Photo: Gnom-Tonfilm. Publicity still for Das Lied vom Glück/The Song of Happiness (Carl Boese, 1933). Collection: Egbert Barten.

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Dutch postcard. Photo: Godfried de Groot, Amsterdam. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Rate Your Music, Wikipedia (German), and IMDb.

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