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The Price of Betrayal (1915)

Judaspengar (original title)
An unemployed man encounters trouble when he tries to find a way to help his sick wife.


Victor Sjöström


Axel Frische


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Cast overview:
Egil Eide ... Blom, worker
John Ekman ... Holk - Blom's companion
Kaja Eide Norena Kaja Eide Norena ... Mrs. Blom (as Kaja Eide)
Stina Berg ... Milk saleswoman
Gabriel Alw ... Chief constable's notary


Holk, an unemployed mans wife is taken ill. He must find food for her. He goes out poaching on the manors hunting grounds, succeeds in shooting a grouse, but the shot is heard by the forester. During his flight Holk is caught by the forester. During their fight Holk's rifle accidentally goes off and kills the forester. Terrified, Holk leaves the place leaving his rifle behind. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

13 December 1915 (Sweden) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Long considered lost but has recently been recovered at the Centre national du cinéma in France. See more »

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Early Seastrom drama.
31 October 2018 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The discovery of any of the missing films of Victor Seastrom is an event. MGM managed to lose three. However JUDASPENGAR is an early work made before he became a world leader in his field on a small scale and without any of the flourishes that appear in the director's work as the films of Griffith circulated raising the film making game. The staging's most interesting feature is to use shots which show characters approaching through the window in the hut far wall.

The gloomy plot centres on the betrayal of the impoverished lead by his friend after a poaching accident. It is played out in forest settings in the Scandanavian manner. The acting is characteristically restrained.

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