The Family Secret (1936 film)

The Family Secret
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Directed by Gustaf Molander
Written by Gösta Stevens
Based on The Secret of Polichinelle by Pierre Wolff
Cinematography Åke Dahlqvist
Edited by Oscar Rosander
Music by Eric Bengtson
Distributed by Svensk Filmindustri
Release date
26 December 1936
Running time
89 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

The Family Secret (Swedish: Familjens hemlighe) is a 1936 Swedish comedy film directed by Gustaf Molander and starring Olof Winnerstrand, Karin Swanström and Erik 'Bullen' Berglund.[1] It is based on the 1903 French play The Secret of Polichinelle by Pierre Wolff, and a French adaptation was also produced the same year. The film premiered in Gothenburg in December 1936.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Arne Åkermark.


A middle class family, planning an arranged marriage for their adult son with a wealthy heiress, are shocked to discover that he is already engaged and has a small child with his fiancee.




  • Per Olov Qvist & Peter von Bagh. Guide to the Cinema of Sweden and Finland. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

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