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Ride Tonight! (1942)

Rid i natt! (original title)
In the south of Sweden, some farmers get into trouble when the German Count is forcing them to perform day labor for him. But a man refuses to bow to the German Count.


Gustaf Molander


Vilhelm Moberg (novel), Vilhelm Moberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Ljung ... Ragnar Svedje of Svedjegaarden
Gerd Hagman ... Annika
Eva Dahlbeck ... Botilla
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ... Lars Borre (as Erik Berglund)
Hilda Borgström ... Mother Sigga
Nils Lundell ... Ygge, the thief of Bläsemåla
Erik Hell ... Hans of Lenhovda
Hugo Björne ... Petrus Magni
Sven Bergvall ... Archbishop
Carl Ström ... Klas Bock
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Foreign peasant
Hampe Faustman ... Bo Eriksson (as Erik Faustman)
Josua Bengtson ... Danjel, inn-keeper
Axel Högel ... Ola of Klavmo
Gunnar Collin Gunnar Collin ... Matts Elling, peasant


In the south of Sweden, some farmers get into trouble when the German Count is forcing them to perform day labor for him. But a man refuses to bow to the German Count.

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Music by Jules Sylvain
Lyrics by Bishop Thomas Simonsson
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Beautiful Swedish resistance film brimming over with romantic lyricism and natural beauty
6 April 2021 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

The interesting thing about this film is its political context. It was written in 1941 by Vilhem Moberg and made a film the year after, in the shadows and threats of the Nazi triumphs of the Second World War. Although the war never came to Sweden, this is a Swedish resistance film of great moral force and impact against any tyranny, and if Sweden had been occupied by Germany, this film certainly would have been banned. The cruel tyrant here who expropriates the properties of the poor farmers struggling against the hardships of failed crops and starvation is a German, and he is never exposed. When they are forced into hard labour, one young stubborn farmer refuses to give in and is outlawed. He is in love with the daughter of the elder of the village, and she is cruelly persecuted for loving him and staying faithful to him, by being targeted by means of superstition, accused of witchcraft. It's a cruel primitive and outrageous story, while the film is lifted by an overwhelmingly beautiful cinematography and a very typical Swedish rural folk music score, like something between Sibelius and Prokofiev. It's the music and the cinematography that make this film worth watching as a jewel among resistance film classics, and the message cannot be misunderstood: right will always ultimately prevail.

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Release Date:

23 November 1942 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Il boia di Brandebold See more »


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SEK451,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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