Panggilan Darah (Call of Blood) is a film from the Dutch East Indies
(now Indonesia) written and directed by Sutan Usman Karim and produced
by Tjho Seng Han for Oriental Film. Released on 30 June 1941, the black-
and-white film starred Dhalia and Soerip as orphaned sisters trying to
make a living in the colonial capital of Batavia (now Jakarta) as
housemaids for a man named Iskak, before moving to Kudus to work at a
clove cigarette factory. They later discover that they are Iskak’s
nieces, and are welcomed into his home. Panggilan Darah, shot on
location at an orphanage and two factories in central Java, was a modest
commercial success in the Indies and Singapore. The acting drew critical
praise, and the soundtrack, with nine kroncong songs, was mentioned
favorably. Despite this success, Oriental was unable to meet its
expenses, and merged into Multi Film soon afterwards. Panggilan Darah,
which was screened as late as 1952, may now be lost.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the
Origin of Species, several prominent British scientists and philosophers
participated in an evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum.
London’s Tower Bridge, a combined bascule and suspension bridge
over the River Thames, opened.
Adolf Hitler violently purged members of the Sturmabteilung
(SA), its leader Ernst Röhm, and other political rivals in the Night of
the Long Knives, executing at least 85 people.
A car bomb intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco killed seven
police and military officers near Palermo.
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Canadian one-dollar
coin, commonly known as the Loonie.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A dark powder (usually powdered antimony) used as eye makeup, especially
in Eastern countries; stibnite.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Through all the Employments of Life Each Neighbour abuses his
Brother; Whore and Rogue they call Husband and Wife: All Professions be-
rogue one another: The Priest calls the Lawyer a Cheat, The Lawyer be-
knaves the Divine: And the Statesman, because he’s so great, Thinks his
Trade as honest as mine.
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