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Die Sieben Töchter der Frau Gyurkovics. Britain, 1926. Truus appeared on the UK poster for her very first film! This copy is held by the Austrian National Library in Vienna. (Click to enlarge.)
Die lustigen Vagabunden. Germany, 1929. Very kindly donated by Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh. (Click to enlarge.)
Die lustigen Vagabunden. Germany, 1929. (Auctioned on the Artnet.com website in 2009). (Click to enlarge.)
Ich hab' mein Herz im Autobus geloren. Germany, 1929 (Auctioned on the Invaluable.com website in 2011). (Click to enlarge.)
Ich hab' mein Herz im Autobus geloren. 1929. (Click to enlarge.)
Susanne Macht Ordnung. Sweden, 1930. Courtesy of Richard Finegan (Click to enlarge.)
In 1986 the DDR Filmmuseum in Potsdam had a poster for Truus' 1929 film Ich hab' mein Herz im Autobus verloren, and I expect it's still there.
Het Meisje met den Blauwen Hoed. Holland. Courtesy of Louisa deTassis. (Click to enlarge.)
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Movie Programme: Het Meisje met den Blauwen Hoed
Found (in a private collection) and photographed by film historian Daniel van Waalwijk. (Click to enlarge.)
15x20cm photo - Ross, Germany. (Click to enlarge.)
This delightful little calendar (it's just 75mm tall) was originally owned by Truus herself. (Click to enlarge.)
Dutch calendar page, c1932. (Click to enlarge.)
"OUR TRUUS - Truus van Aalten helps to promote the Dutch element in the film industry. She symbolises the tiny (but just-possible) chance that an ordinary girl can become part of the movie world. Truus is famous in Berlin, attracting audiences - and contracts! Her career is progressing so well a German film journal has already used the word "prominent" referring to our Truusje. With journalists hailing her like that, we don't have to worry about her future!"
(Generously donated by Saskia Hahn. Translation: Elte Rauch.)
Personal Appearance flyers
This is a personal appearance poster, measuring 30x60cm.
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Owners of the five Staar cinemas in Berlin, Fritz and Eva Staar became two of Truus' best friends, and were supportive years later when she needed help. The Staars were Jewish, so what became of them during the war is anybody's guess... (Click to enlarge.)
In April 1928 Truus attended an international film exhibition, the Internationale Tentoonstelling op Filmgebied, in the Hague. She was amazed to get the full red carpet treatment, particularly when composer Alexander de Haas performed this song (later printed in issue 223 of Het Weekblad Cinema & Theater, and a lot funnier in the original Dutch) for her. de Haas was a well-known writer and singer, and years later would be one of the writers of Truus' only Dutch film, Het Meisje met den Blauwen Hoed.
A SONG FOR OUR TRUUS
Welcome blonde Truus van Aalten, Back to your motherland, Where ï¿½ not so long ago ï¿½ You were still lying in your cot. Finally youï¿½ve returned from the world of romance, To the land of rain and mist, slush and rheumatism.
As an unknown teenager you left this place, A glamourous Film Star you've returned. The fantasy of all young girls, You made it come true over there, So now you have many a girl Gazing at you full of awe.
And even though the wise old men may say That a prophet is never worshipped in his own land You donï¿½t listen to these stories, Because a prophet with eyes like yours Gets honour and respect, Far away and on her own soil too!!
What makes us Dutch so happy and so proud Is that you with your comedy, true star, Avoid the cheap laugh, mocking or cruelty, And you did not - thank goodness ï¿½ give away your name - You stayed Truus instead of Mia, Asta, Pola or Renee.
If you will carry on On this path where your talent brought you Then donï¿½t forget that this small country named Holland Expects just one thing of our young star: Stay the unspoiled child With open eye and open heart Keep in touch with your native Dutch simplicity Wherever you travel through the whole world!
(Courtesy of Kathinka Dittrich van Weringh, translated by Elte Rauch, 2008.)
(Click to enlarge - then find a piano and play it!)
Many thanks to Sally Mens for finding this.
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Got a time-machine? Get in it and go back to 1950 - here is Truus' own phone number in Amsterdam's Cliostraat (discovered by super-researcher Sally Mens) - give her a ring!
DVD of Het Meisje... Filmuseum #TDM F 5144. Netherlands, 2006.
Truus T-Shirt - one-off design owned by Roger Mitchell, 2007.
78rpm record from the soundtrack of Ausflug in's Leben, owned by Film and Audio Historian Daniel van Waalwijk. (Click to enlarge.)
This item is included not because you'll hear Truus singing on it, but because you won't. There is no evidence that Truus ever sang anything - which is odd considering the number of musicals and revues in which she appeared. Is it possible that she COULDN'T SING?
If you'd like to hear this record, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQeObtSJD3U
This is a copy of the leaflet Truus sent to film producers and studios in England and America after the war. Nobody was particularly interested in an unknown foreign actress with a strong accent, and after several trips to London and LA, Truus had to admit defeat. (Click to enlarge.)