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Original title Gläd dig i din ungdom : Knut Toring. Ungdomstiden
Film type Feature
Category Fiction
Director
Screenplay
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Awards
Classification Allowed from age 15
Dialogue
Swedish release 1939-08-14

Cast

Birgit Tengroth
Ebba Brun

Peter Höglund
Knut Toring

Carl Ström
Johan Toring, Knuts far/prästen som förkunnar lysning mellan Ebba och Helgo

Hilda Borgström
Hilda Toring, Knuts mor

Erik "Bullen" Berglund
Samuel Brun, Ebbas far, bonde

Anders Henrikson
Alrik, bonde

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Plot summary

Knut Toring is in his room in Stockholm and is sleeping. He sleeps restlessly and you see what's bothering him in inserted scenes: the big city throng - in the present - and memories of his...

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Cast

Birgit Tengroth Ebba Brun
Peter Höglund Knut Toring
Carl Ström Johan Toring, Knuts far/prästen som förkunnar lysning mellan Ebba och Helgo
Hilda Borgström Hilda Toring, Knuts mor
Erik "Bullen" Berglund Samuel Brun, Ebbas far, bonde
Anders Henrikson Alrik, bonde
Gösta Gustafson Skrik-August, bonde
Anna Lindahl Aina Toring, Knuts hustru
Gösta Cederlund Lorentson, verkställande direktör för tidskriften Fristunden
Gunnar Sjöberg Helgo (Emanuel) Alfredsson
Alf Kjellin Henning, Alriks son
Åke Uppström Aron
Emmy Albiin mor Mina, Alriks hustru
- Ej krediterade:
Knut Lundström Knut Toring som pojke
Ragnar Planthaber Gösta Toring, Knuts yngre bror
Sol-Britt Agerup Ingegärd Toring, Knuts yngre syster
Tom Olsson Rune, Knuts och Ainas son
Gun Fredriksson Kajsa, Knuts och Ainas dotter
Bengt Palm bondpojke, Helgos, Hennings och Arons kamrat
Gunnar Höglund Hennings yngre bror vid ladan
Helge Kihlberg gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
Erik Forslund gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
Carl-Harald gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
Carl Deurell gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
Helge Karlsson gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
Hugo Lundström gäst på kalaset hos Johan Toring
- Ej identifierade:
Gideon Ringström ej identifierad roll
Erik Åström ej identifierad roll
Knut Frankman ej identifierad roll
Richard Lund ej identifierad roll
Jean Claesson ej identifierad roll
Erland Colliander ej identifierad roll

Companies

Production Company AB Svensk Filmindustri
Distributor in Sweden (35 mm) AB Svensk Filmindustri 1939
Laboratory AB Svensk Filmindustris filmlaboratorium
Make-up Supervisor Firma Carl M. Lundh AB

Plot summary

Knut Toring is in his room in Stockholm and is sleeping. He sleeps restlessly and you see what's bothering him in inserted scenes: the big city throng - in the present - and memories of his youth in the country. His wife wakes him, his children eat in the kitchen. He turns up at his work, where he is chief editor of the magazine Fristunden (The Leisure Hour) at a big publishing house. Knut reads the submitted scripts: insipid love stories. The director comes in and complains of declining circulation and wants to popularize, while Knut wants to raise standards. "I do not want to pass on phoney material to the people," he says. The Director offers him a rise in pay (censors cut a scene where a man offers a prostitute 50 crowns). Knut Toring is reluctant: He has visions of himself as a young man, "I have betrayed and denied him," he says of his younger self.

Returning home, he takes Veronal and it all fades over to Knut's youth with his father, farmer Johan Toring and his wife Hilda and their children. Knut is not diligent in agriculture, he wants to leave the farm and not be "a slave to the earth". He reads extensively all the books he gets a hold of, while his parents stick to the Bible and the Catechism. The parents worried much about their son's extensive reading and have heard stories about people who have become strange from reading too much.

Knut plays with neighbor girl Ebba Brun, the game slips over on an erotic plane where the girl takes the initiative. She lures him into a barn to look for eggs. Knut handles the situation awkwardly and the girl gets impatient and leaves him. Later he finds a book with an account of puberty and reads it to a friend. Ebba and Knut end up in a hayloft after a dance, the girl loosens her skirt, but Knut is still not enterprising enough.

In his room Knut now have books from an education library which he reads from in the night. The father sees his lighted candle and say to him to extinguish it. He turns the lights back on when the father has gone. Knut becomes more liberal and criticizes his brother's catechism reading to the consternation of the rest of the family.

Ebba Brun asks him to come to the neighbouring farm and harvest a larger field of oats that her father can not cope with because he is ill. Knut comes and cuts the oats while Ebba binds sheaves. He works so energetically that the entire field is completed in a day. After this tour de force, he takes the willing Ebba and they make love for the first time. At his home waiting impatiently for his daughter is the farmer Samuel Brun, but he calms down when young people come and announce that the entire field is completed.

Knut continues to work on his father's farm while att odds with his family. The nights are often spent in bed with Ebba Brun, while her father is lying sick in another part of the house. Ebba wants to stay in the village and Knut want to travel to the big city. Knut believes that a farm can tie people down in an unfortunate way. Ebba marries therefore Helgo instead. Knut and Ebba spend one last night together before the wedding. Knut's parents are disappointed in the son who leaves his family and countryside.

Back to Knut Toring's bedroom and his wife Aina. He tells his wife that he intends to leave the magazine. "I have to keep my spirit alive." They visit the nursery and caress their children.

In the kitchen of Knut's old parents in the countryside. The mother writes a letter to her son: "You must not forget that our soul and the spirit shall return unto the Lord God, to Him who gave us it."

Swedish censorship / rating

Censorship number 59772
Date 1939-07-13
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 2426 meters
Censored length 2423 meters
Notes En mindre del av kärleksscenerna i akt III och IV. Den 18.8.1939 av filmbolaget nedklippt till 2301 meter 84 minuter. Aktlängder: 0, 0, 0, 0, 0.


Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 1.37:1
Sound system Petersen-Poulsen, AGA-Baltic
Width 35 mm
Frames per second 24
Length in metres 2426 meter
Length in minutes 89 min
Reels 5 rullar


Original work

Original title Sänkt sedebetyg (Novel)
Author Vilhelm Moberg


Production location

(kompletteringar) 1939-01-21 1939-02-26
1938-09-05 1938-11-15
Filmstaden Råsunda Sweden
Tyresta Tyresö Sweden

Release dates

Release in Sweden 1939-08-14 Röda Kvarn Stockholm Sweden 89 min
TV showing 1967-05-19 TV Sweden 85 min
1973-03-31 TV2 Sweden 85 min
1990-09-17 Kanal 1 Sweden 85 min
1996-09-01 SVT2 Sweden 85 min
1998-08-15 SVT1 Sweden 85 min
First showing 1939-08-14 Röda Kvarn Stockholm Sweden 89 min

Soundtrack listing

Original title Gläd dig i din ungdom
Composer Jules Sylvain (1939)


Original title Tjo faddira
Composer Jules Sylvain (1939)
Singer Carl Ström


Original title Munspelsvals
Composer Knut Broberg
Instrumentalist Alf Kjellin (munspel - dubbad av ?)


Awards

Festival Award Venedig 1939 (biennales pokal, t.m. Man och kvinna)

Holdings Film

The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders.

Element type Print
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2293


Element type Print
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2289


Element type Duplicate negative
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Duplicate positive
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Sound negative
Gauge 35 mm


Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title GLÄD DIG I DIN UNGDOM Efter Vilhelm Mobergs "Sänkt sedebetyg"
Tryckeri J. Olsén litogr.anst.


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title GLÄD DIG I DIN UNGDOM efter Vilhelm Mobergs "Sänkt sedebetyg"
Tryckeri Ljunglöfs
Designed by Eric Rohman


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title GLÄD DIG I DIN UNGDOM Efter Vilhelm Mobergs bok "Sänkt sedebetyg", registrerad av Per Lindberg och fotograferad av Åke Dahlquist.
Tryckeri Ivar Hæggströms lito


Size Less than 850 x 400
Poster title GLÄD DIG I DIN UNGDOM Efter Vilhelm Mobergs "Sänkt sedebetyg"
Tryckeri Zetterlund & Thelanders boktryckeri AB


Size More than 850 x 1100
Poster title GLÄD DIG I DIN UNGDOM
Tryckeri Ljunglöfs
Designed by Eric Rohman


Holdings Scripts

Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Efter Vilhelm Mobergs roman Sänkt sedebetyg, för filmen av Vilhelm Moberg och Per Lindberg.
Extent 132 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Inspelningsmanus
Extent 150 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Freu dich in deiner Jugend.
Extent 30 s. + 1 s.
Language German


Holdings Stills

Black and white print SET
Behind the scenes prints 2
Album Yes


Holdings Promotion materials

Type Program/Promotion material


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