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(SWEDEN 1922)



Peter the Tramp (USA)
Peter le Vagabond (FRANCE)
Peter der Vagabund (GERMANY)
Luffarpetter (SCANDINAVIA)
Petter wlóczega (POLAND)
Pedro vagabundo (BRAZIL)






An Erik A. Petschler Production
Petschler-Film/Fribergs Filmbyrå



Directed and Written and Produced by Erik A. Petschler.
Photographed by Oscar Norberg.
Assistant Director: Verner Norlund



The photographer is Unknown.



75 Minutes
5 reels
Silent film



Erik Petschler, Gucken Cederborg, Tyra Ryman, Greta Gustafsson, Iréne Zetterberg, Helmer Larsson, Carl F. Olsson, Mona Geijer-Falkner, Anna Brandt, Valdemar Dalquist, Carl-Gunnar Wingård, Mary Gräber, Lily Böös, Agnes Clementsson, Axel Westerlund, August Wiberg, Oscar Rudin, Teodor Ericson, Adolf Hultgren, Johan Widén, Ann-Margret Bergman, Elsa Nyholm...



Greta, Peter's “second daughter.”






Peter (Erik A. Petschler) joins the army after fleeing from the repercussions of a love affair. Greta (Greta Gustafsson) is one of the daughters of a mayor from the army. Her father is the major, at whose town Peter's army regiment is stationed. Peter's escapades include a love affair with Greta. Plus an impersonation, and end with his marrying a rich widow.



Premiere date: December 26, 1922  (Odéon Teatern in Stockholm)



Production Dates: August 9–September 28, 1922.
Production Location: Dalarö and Norrtälje in Stockholm, Stockholm City/Sweden



The Portrait and Movie Stills photographer is Unknown.

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 This Swedish-made film was Garbo's first feature film.

 She was billed in the cast under her real name, Greta Gustafsson.

 This was a comedy, but she was not to make another until Ninotchka in 1939.

 Filming Locations were Dalarö & Norrtälje in Stockholm / Sweden.

 Greta wanted the role so much but her request was declined by the personnel department.

 Greta's mother supported her daughters decision to leave the PUB to work in the film.

 The film was inspired by the popular Mack Sennett Keystone comedies.

 The Budget was 15,000 kronor.

 Greta was certainly in the audience when the film was premiered. The theatre is now demolished.



Director Petschler

Producer/director Erik A. Petschler saw Greta first, in front of a shoe store. He said that he was fascinated by her profile, especially her eyes and lips. Petschler said that as soon as she saw him looking at her, she gave him the kind of glance which expressed: “Go away and leave me alone!” Greta later said that she became embarrassed and quickly disappeared into the crowd. Two days later, Petschler and his favorite actress Tyra Ryman visited the PUB.

He saw her behind a counter but decided not to bother her. Instead of Petschler, Tyra started a talk with Greta and told her about the film he was planning. Greta asked her if there was any chance to get a small part in the film. The actress told her that she was exactly what the Petschler wanted. She gave Greta, the directors telephone number. Greta phoned Petschler and on the next day she went to see him for a brief “audtion”.

Greta's brief audtion

When she arrived, Petschler recalled, "I asked her to speak something and without hesitation she recited a school piece or two ( Greta recitied a poem of a dramatic scene ). She did well." He was impressed by her ‘good looks and bouncy figure,' and so he offered her a part on the spot. It was a low-budget production called Luffar-Petter . Greta accepted the two weeks shoot and hoped to could re-arrange her vacation schedule.

Greta left the PUB

Her request was declined by the PUB and so Petschler asked Mr. Bergström personally to get her a release. But Bergström wanted his best saleswomen behind the counter and not in front of a camera. Greta told her mother about the dilemma and Anna supported her daughter´s decision to leave the PUB. She was almost 16 when she left the PUB. On July 22, she had her last day in the department store. Greta stated her reason for leaving , after nearly 2 years, as “To work on Film”.


Luffar-Petter was a low-budget comedy patterned after the popular Mack Sennett Keystone comedies. The production company's moderate budget of 15,000 kronor restricted them the locations in the Stockholm vicinity; the scenario was developed accordingly. Greta won the role of the Peter's “second daughter.” Greta was the tallest of the three girls and often their ringleader.

Acting School

After Luffar-Petter Greta wanted to continue in films. Petschler told her she needed more education and advised her to apply to the Dramaten School (The Royal Dramatic Theatre School).


The film was released in end of 1922 and received poor reviews, but a newspaper picked up on the new arrival, Greta Gustafson. "She can be a Swedish film star. The reason: her Anglo-Saxon appearance" were a couple of the comments.



Budget:15,000 Swedish Kronor





Luffar-Petter premiered at Stockholm's Odeon Theater on 26 December 1922, to reviews that were neither good, bad, nor important. A comment on her performance appeared in the Swedish magazine  'Swing' beneath a photo of the new Petschler discovery:

‘[The film] cannot perhaps compete with foreign models ... where comic situations and technical finesse are concerned; but, though American bathing beauties may be lovelier and more subtle, our Swedish ones have more freshness and charm.... Greta Gustafson ... may perhaps become a Swedish film star. Reason – her Anglo-Saxon appearance.'



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Petschler recalled: "When a sudden rainsquall burst over their heads, everyone except Garbo and Tyra Ryman ran for cover. As we others crouched unhappily under our chance shelter, Greta and Tyra in their bathing suits improvised a wild Indian dance in the pouring rain. It was a sight for the gods."



An edited version only, is available on the Gösta Berling Saga DVD.



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