One Summer of Happiness (1951)
"Hon dansade en sommar" (original title)

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After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edvin Adolphson ...
Anders Persson
John Elfström ...
Folke Sundquist ...
Göran Stendahl (as Folke Sundqvist)
Erik Hell ...
Torsten, farm worker
Irma Christenson ...
Sten Lindgren ...
Mr. Stendahl
Nils Hallberg ...
Nisse, farm worker
Sten Mattsson ...
Olle, farm worker (as Sten Mattson)
Gunvor Pontén ...
Sylvia, Nisse's girlfriend
Gösta Gustafson ...
Fredrik Larsson, Kerstin's uncle
Berta Hall ...
Erich Conrad ...
Helge (as Erich Conard)
Arne Källerud ...
Klas Wiberg
Axel Högel ...
Kerstin's grandfather


After graduating from high school 19 year old Göran goes to his uncle Anders's farm in the countryside for recreation. It's summer and a lot of work to do at the farm, but he, the city student, isn't accustomed to that. He falls in love with 17 year old Kerstin, and suddenly he is very engaged in country life. Göran is a foreigner, but he quickly blends in with the village youth. They are in a bitter conflict with the vicar, who condemns all their activities as immoral. When the vicar forbids the youth to use the school for their meetings anymore, Anders gives them an old barn, which they start renovating. Kerstin has a strict mother, who in vain forbids her to take part in the youth activities. She goes there with Göran. She is a bit shy, but the romance between them develops step by step, until it is fulfilled a summer night, when they swim naked in a lake. Despite all efforts of Kerstin's parents and the vicar, they cannot stop Kerstin and Göran from meeting each other also when ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Release Date:

17 December 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

One Summer of Happiness  »

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(AGA Baltic)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was mentioned by a 1954 Memorandum of the New York State Education Department, written with regard to New York State Law 1954, Chapter 620, which added definitions of "immoral" and "incite to crime" for motion picture censorship purposes. The Memorandum cited this film as an example of a film about which the ED's Motion Picture Division had been "beset with inquiries and applications for reconsideration of motion pictures which heretofore have been regarded as contrary to the present provisions of the statute." It stated that One Summer of Happiness "contains a scene where a boy, nineteen, and a girl, seventeen, spending a vacation together, swim and embrace in the nude." See more »


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Där näckrosen blommar
Music by Sven du Rietz
Lyrics by Sven-Olof Sandberg
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Great, old-fashioned love story
22 May 2001 | by (Heidelberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie the first time yesterday. I´ve had the tape for about two years, but I was not so interested in it. But now I´m very glad about having watched it, because it is a great, old-fashioned love story containing a warm kind of romance, you cannot find in actual movies. The story is quite simple: student from the city falls in love with girl from the country. She is not allowed to love him, but nevertheless they do...

The scene, showing both naked taking a bath in a beautiful swedish lake, caused 1951 a scandal. Funny, about what harmless stuff people got annoyed in former times... 9/10

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