De mésaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort

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Short feature film about a seaside visitor without trousers.

'Zandvoort in an uproar! On Saturday morning at roughly 10 o’clock, with beautiful weather and calm seas, a Frenchman sat in a beach chair to gaze upon the magnificent view that the sea always affords, until he slowly began to fall asleep [...]’ So begins a report in the ‘Zandvoortsche Courant’ of July 25, 1905.

The article explains how the man was faced with the oncoming tide, are – to the amazement of the audience – took off his trousers to prevent them from being ruined by the saltwater. On the beach, a mocking crowd awaited him. While trying to escape from the policeman who had rushed to the scene, he jumps into a passing car, and hides out in a small changing cabin. The man then disguises himself in women’s clothing, but is still nabbed by the police. Accompanied by a band and a large crowd, he is escorted to the police station.

The article ends by saying that ‘Messrs. Alberts Frères’ had staged the whole incident for a film in which two of the most popular genres of that period - the locally-shot film and the chase film – would be combined. The incident also made front page news in the ‘Algemeen Handelsblad’ of July 24, 1905 – though that article failed to mention that the incident had been staged for a film.


original title
De mésaventure van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon aan het strand te Zandvoort
foreign release title
Les aventures d'un Français sur la plage de Zandvoort
alternative title
Ongeval van een Fransch heertje zonder pantalon uit Zandvoort
production year
release date
geographical names
nederlandse vertoner
production company




Technical notations

Black & White


G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam 1997, pp. 61-62

F. van der Maden, Mobiele filmvertoning in Nederland 1895-1913, Nijmegen (1981), pp. 96-99, p. 101, pp. 256-257, p. 259

Nijmeegsche Courant, 17 & 18 september 1905

Nijmeegsche Courant, 24 & 25 september 1905

Nijmeegsche Courant, 6 oktober 1905

Algemeen Handelsblad, 24 juli 1905

De Bussumsche Courant, 6 december 1905

De Zandvoortsche Courant, 22 juli 1905

De Zandvoortsche Courant, 25 juli 1905

De Zandvoortsche Courant, 27 juli 1905

De Zandvoortsche Courant, 29 juli 1905

De Zandvoortsche Courant, 8 augustus 1905

Hoornsche Courant, 31 januari 1906

G. Donaldson, 'De eerste Nederlandse speelfilms en de gebroeders Mullens', in: Skrien Nr. 28, januari 1972, pp. 3-14

Peel en Maas, 4 augustus 1906

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