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Walpurgis Night (1935)

Valborgsmässoafton (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | January 1941 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Gustaf Edgren

Writers:

Oscar Rydqvist (a film story by), Gustaf Edgren (a film story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lars Hanson ... Johan Borg
Karin Kavli ... Clary Borg (as Karin Carlsson)
Victor Sjöström ... Frederik Bergström, Editor
Ingrid Bergman ... Lena Bergström, Johan's Secretary
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ... Gustav Palm, Editor's Secretary (as Bullen Berglund)
Sture Lagerwall ... Svensson
Marie-Louise Sorbon 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walpurgis Night See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

O, hur härligt majsol ler
Sung by choir.
Composed by Friedrich Kuhlau
Swedish Lyrics written by Carl Wilhelm Böttiger (1831)
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Not too bad, seen much worse
27 May 2005 | by Damfino1895See all my reviews

Being a Lars Hanson fan I watched this movie more interested in hearing his voice than anything else, which was actually pretty good, not a surprise as he was classically trained. It was better than I expected, but, that doesn't mean it was a great film. Swedish cinema was in decline at that time after it's zenith in the early 1920's had meant some of it's biggest talents (Hanson, Garbo, Sjostrom)had gone to America for a time . I found the beginning very preachy, but, I feel it was designed as more of a social message to Swedish film goers of the time, I'm sure research of the social history of the time would show us that there was a decline in the birth rate in Sweden etc... But, once it got going it wasn't too bad, the length was about right it didn't outstay it's welcome. I agree with the reviewer who said it was too full of coincidences, it felt claustrophobic that everyone seemed to know everyone else, but, that is a small fault. The acting wasn't that bad, the dialogue was dodgy, but all in all not bad, I have seen much, much worse and it did tackle a subject candidly that would never have made it out of a scriptwriters mind in America or Britain at that time. Give it a whirl if you get a chance, but, don't expect too much and you'll enjoy it.


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