A Dangerous Wooing

Ett farligt frieri
Poster Ett farligt frieri.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Rune Carlsten
Written by
  • Rune Carlsten
  • Sam Ask
Based on A dangerous courtship
by Bj√łrnstjerne Bj√łrnson
Produced by Filmindustri AB Skandia
  • Lars Hanson
  • Gull Cronvall
  • Theodor Blich
Cinematography Raoul Reynols
Release date
  • December 26, 1919 (1919-12-26)
Running time
65 minutes
Country Sweden
Languages Silent film
Swedish intertitles

Ett farligt frieri, or A dangerous proposal, aka A dangerous wooing is the first silent film directed by Swedish director Rune Carlsten in 1919.

The film has been the subject of a restoration in 2010 with intertitles in Swedish and English by the Swedish Film Institute.[1]


In a small village in the Swedish mountains, all the boys are in love with Aslaugh, the daughter of rich farmer Knut Husaby. Thormund, the wealthiest farmer in the village proposes to marry his son Ola to Aslaug. Husaby is in favour of this marriage but asks his daughter whether she agrees. Aslaug refuses because she is in love with Tore Naesset, a small-holder's son. Her father is violently opposed to such a wedding and sends her to his summer farm, high in the mountains, hoping she'll change her mind. Tore manages to join Aslaug at the summer farm but on his way back on the only available road which passes by Husaby farm, he gets a hard beating from Huseby who lets him go with an ironic promise: "If next Saturday you manage to slip past the Husaby wolf and his cubs, the girl will be yours". The following week, Tore tries to sneak past the farm without success. He then decides to climb the steep cliff which borders the summer farm on the river side. After nearly falling, he manages to reach the top, exhausted. Husaby, impressed by his courage, agrees to let him marry Aslaug.[2]


Lars Hanson and Gull Cronvall
  • Lars Hanson - Tore N√¶sset
  • Gull Cronvall - Aslaug
  • Theodor Blick - Knut Husaby, Aslaug's father
  • Hjalmar Peters - Thormund, rich farmer
  • Kurt Welin - Ola, Thormund's son
  • Hugo Tranberg - Sigurd Husaby
  • G√∂sta Cederlund - Eyvind Husaby
  • Hilda Castegren - Tore's mother
  • Torsten Bergstr√∂m - fiddler


The film was based on Bj√łrnstjerne Bj√łrnson's novella A dangerous courtship, published in 1856. It was filmed at AB Skandia studios in L√•ng√§ngen with exteriors from the areas around the Hardanger Fjord in Norway. It premi√®red on 26 December 1919 in Gothenburg and Stockholm.[3]


  1. ^ "Swedish Film Institute". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ Review, synopsis and link to watch the film: "A cinema history". Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  3. ^ "The Swedish Film Database". Retrieved 14 February 2015.

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