The Vicar of Vejlby (1922 film)
|Praesten i Vejlby|
1922 film poster by Palle Wennerwald
|Directed by||August Blom|
|Written by||Valdemar Andersen
Steen Steensen Blicher (story)
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.
|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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