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One Summer of Happiness (1951)

Hon dansade en sommar (original title)
After graduation, a Swedish youth goes to live with his uncle in the countryside and immediately takes a liking to a local girl.


Arne Mattsson


Per Olof Ekström (novel) (as P.O. Ekström), Volodja Semitjov (screenplay) (as W. Semitjov)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edvin Adolphson ... Anders Persson
Ulla Jacobsson ... Kerstin
John Elfström ... Priest
Folke Sundquist ... Göran (as Folke Sundqvist)
Erik Hell ... Torsten, Farm Worker
Irma Christenson ... Sigrid
Sten Lindgren ... Mr. Stendahl
Nils Hallberg ... Nisse, Farm Worker
Sten Mattsson Sten Mattsson ... Olle, Farm Worker (as Sten Mattson)
Gunvor Pontén ... Sylvia, Nisse's Girlfriend
Gösta Gustafson Gösta Gustafson ... Fredrik Larsson, Kerstin's Uncle
Berta Hall ... Anna
Erich Conrad Erich Conrad ... Helge (as Erich Conard)
Margaretha Löwler ... Mary Ann, Göran's Girlfriend (as Margareta Löwler)
Arne Källerud ... Klas Wiberg


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 {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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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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Psalm 355: Blott en dag, ett ögonblick i sänder
Music by Oscar Ahnfelt (as Oscar Ahnfeldt)
Lyrics by Lina Sandell
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The wonderful movie I never will forget
31 July 2005 | by GlibertSee all my reviews

I saw the movie in Hungary with my girl friend in 1955. I was 21 years old and she was 19. My girl friend was a simple little girl who never was yet in love with anybody. She loved me very much and I started to love her after the ending of a previous affair with a girl who left me for a wealthy man. She was so similar to Kerstin. She became my Kerstin. I even called her in my mind Kerstin and those who knew us and saw the movie also called her Kerstin. (It was a very popular movie in Hungary and many people saw it). The movie had the greatest impression on us, ..even more so on me.. The story of true love. I fall in love with my Kerstin and married her a year later....49 years ago. I still love my Kerstin. I would love to buy the movie in DVD or in any other format. Could anybody help? Is it available?

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Release Date:

17 December 1951 (Sweden) See more »

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Nordisk Tonefilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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