The Vicar of Vejlby (1922 film)


Praesten i Vejlby
1922 film poster by Palle Wennerwald
Directed byAugust Blom
Written byValdemar Andersen
Steen Steensen Blicher (story)
StarringViggo Wiehe
Gunnar Tolnæs
Ingeborg Spangsfeldt
CinematographyLouis Larsen
Release date
  • 1922 (1922)
LanguagesSilent Film
Danish Intertitles

The Vicar of Vejlby (Danish: Præsten i Vejlby) is a 1922 Danish crime mystery film directed by August Blom.[1] It is also known as The Hand of Fate.[2] The silent film is based on a novella of the same name by Steen Steensen Blicher about a true murder case from 1626.[1] Blom filmed the exteriors on location in the area of Grenaa and the village of Vejlby.[1][2] International audiences praised Blom's adaptation for its "high level artistry," but its faithfulness to the original tragedy was deemed "too excessively sad" for American audiences.[1]

The story was adapted again by George Schnéevoigt (see Praesten i Vejlby (1931 film)), and Claus Ørsted (see Praesten i Vejlby (1972 film)), but the Danish Film Institute considers Blom's version to be closest to the source material.[3]


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


  1. ^ a b c d Tyberg, Caspar (2001). "Dreyer and the National Film in Denmark". Nordic Cinema. 13 (1): 23–36.
  2. ^ a b Mette Hjort, Ursula Lindqvist (2016). A Companion to Nordic Cinema. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 280–281. ISBN 9781118475270.
  3. ^ "Præsten i Vejlby". databasen (in Danish). Den Danske Filminstitut.

External links

  • Danish Film Institute (In Danish)
  • IMDb