The Vicar of Vejlby (1922 film)

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Praesten i Vejlby
1922 film poster by Palle Wennerwald
Directed by August Blom
Written by Valdemar Andersen
Steen Steensen Blicher (story)
Starring Viggo Wiehe
Gunnar Tolnæs
Ingeborg Spangsfeldt
Cinematography Louis Larsen
Release date
  • 1922 (1922)
Country Denmark
Language Silent Film
Danish Intertitles

The Vicar of Vejlby (Danish: Præsten i Vejlby) is a 1922 Danish crime mystery film directed by August Blom. It is also known as The Hand of Fate. The silent film is based on a novella by Steen Steensen Blicher about a true murder case from 1626. The story was adapted later by George Schnéevoigt (see Praesten i Vejlby (1931 film)), and again by Claus Ørsted (see Praesten i Vejlby (1972 film)). Blom's version remains the most faithful to the original literature. In addition, Blom filmed on location in the village of Vejlby, using the Vejlby Church.


Søren Qvist, a village minister with a short-temper, is accused of murdering his unlikeable servant when the man disappears after an argument. Erik Sørensen, the local judge, reluctantly investigates but he is conflicted because he is happily betrothed to the minister's daughter, Mette. The judge becomes distraught as more and more witnesses offer evidence against the minister. The minister, although he doesn't remember any murder, believes the evidence is undeniable and decides to confess—condemning himself to death. The judge is forced to pass sentence—the pastor is beheaded—and Judge Sørensen's relationship with the woman he loves is destroyed. Twenty years later, the murder victim returns to the village. He reveals his alleged murder was a cruel hoax constructed by his brother as revenge for his rejection as a suitor for Mette.


Actor Role
Viggo Wiehe Søren Quist, Minister of Vejlby
Ingeborg Spangsfeldt Mette, Minister's Daughter
Gunnar Tolnæs Judge Erik Sørensen
Clara Schønfeld Aunt Gertrud
Gerhard Jessen Morten Bruus
Hans Christian Sørensen Niels Bruus
Hans Dynesen Minister of Aalsø

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