Original film title in Malay: Antara Senyum dan Tangis
English title: Twixt Smiles and Tears
Directed by L. Krishnan
Starring: P. Ramlee, Rokiah, Musalmah
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Bukit Timah Railway Station
Newspaper printing factory
Abidin (P. Ramlee), an engineer at a tin mine, is indignant that his employer refuses to pay adequate compensation to the family of a fellow worker who died on the job. He promptly quits after a confrontation with the boss, and pays a visit to the family of the deceased at the kampong. There, he falls in love with Faridah (Rokiah) and they marry after a brief courtship. Soon after, Abidin is offered a job in a new tin mine, which is subsequently acquired by his begrudged former employer. The employer’s daughter, Maimun (Musalmah), is appointed the manager and she begins to seduce Abidin, who succumbs to her advances. When Faridah realises that Abidin has been unfaithful, she decides to take a train back to her home village (balik kampong).
1. Bukit Timah Railway Station. Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board, 2013.
2. Amir Muhammad, 120 Malay Movies (pp. 58-60). Petaling Jaya: Matahari Books, 2010.
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