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Walpurgis Night (1935)
"Valborgsmässoafton" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  January 1941 (USA)
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Lena Bergström works in an office and is unhappily in love with her boss, Johan Borg. She decides to quit. Borg's wife won't have any children, and when she becomes pregnant she has an ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Lars Hanson ...
Johan Borg
Karin Kavli ...
Clary Borg (as Karin Carlsson)
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Frederik Bergström, Editor
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Lena Bergström, Johan's Secretary
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ...
Gustav Palm, Editor's Secretary (as Bullen Berglund)
Sture Lagerwall ...
Svensson
Marie-Louise Sorbon ...
Mrs. Svensson
Georg Rydeberg ...
Frank Roger
Georg Blickingberg ...
Landberg
Richard Lund ...
'Doctor' Smith
Linnéa Hillberg ...
Nurse
Stig Järrel ...
Grane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Alw ...
Clary's new admirer
Greta Berthels ...
Maid
Allan Bohlin ...
Bergström Jr.
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Lena Bergström works in an office and is unhappily in love with her boss, Johan Borg. She decides to quit. Borg's wife won't have any children, and when she becomes pregnant she has an illegal abortion. For some reason, Lena's father believes that it is Lena who has had an abortion. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Well intended, poorly executed.
17 July 2002 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

When his wife rejects motherhood in favor of a life devoted to pleasure seeking, a businessman finds himself drawn towards his secretary, who already loves him from afar.

The theme of this film is the superiority of marriage and parenthood to hedonism. A noble intention, but poorly executed. The stilted dialog sounds like a pro-and-con magazine article, which may explain the often awkward appearance of Lars Hanson, Karin Kavli, and even Ingrid Bergman. Victor Seastrom's presence lends the film some gravitas, but even his dignity is undermined by lines straight out of a seminary lecture. The plot isn't too convincing and has a twist straight out of P.C. Wren. The final closing shots make the film's point much better than the preceding hour and a half or so.

This film also has the worst musical score I've ever heard. Parts of it sound like they were played by an elementary school orchestra.


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