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Unrealized Projects 1920-1924



HERR ARNES PENGAR (1919)

Herr Arnes pengar (English: Sir Arne's Treasure) is a 1919 Swedish crime-drama film directed by Mauritz Stiller. Some biographers claim that Greta was an extra in this Mauritz Stiller directed film made in 1919.

SOURCE: Garbo books, Garbo TV – Documentary: Greta Garbo: Fresterinde & Clown (Sweden 1985)
 

A NORDIC LOVE STORY – LASSE RING FILM (1921)

Director Lasse Ring directed Garbo in her advertising films How Not to Dress (1920) and Our Daily Bread (1921).

In the fall of 1921, Greta was offered a part in a feature-length motion picture: “A Nordic Love Story” to be directed by Lasse Ring and filmed on a location two hours from Stockholm.

This time, however, the personnel department of the PUB, refused to arrange additional time off from work. According to Ring, when he tried to intervene with Greta's boss, he was reprimanded for giving the girl “crazy ideas about the movies.”

Greta reluctantly declined the role.

SOURCE: Karen Swenson: A Life Apart (1997)

 

HEDDA GABLER – STAGE (1923)

A German magazine from 1938 wrote that Greta appeared as Hedda Gabler in a stage play for the Royal Dramatic Theatre Academy in Sweden 1923.

They said this was before she get her part in Gösta Berling Saga. No details are known.

SOURCE: German Magazine 1938

 

TVA KONUNGAR (1924)

In this Swedish production (by Elis Ellis) and first starring role by Alva Gustafson, it was rumoured that Greta had a short part. Another source wrote that she was offered a part in the film.

A Svensk Filmindustrie Production released in early 1925, the English title is Two Kings. The persistent claim that both Gustafson sisters appeared in the film is unsubstantiated, and the film is lost.

The confusion derives from a probable misquotation by Åke Sundborg in Photoplay, May 1930: "I have seen ‘Two Kings‘ here in Stockholm. I see my dead sister live again on the screen, with me at her side!"

SOURCE: Karen Swenson: A Life Apart (1997)

 

FILM ABOUT QUEEN CHRISTINA OF SWEDEN (1924)

This is not the same version and/or project that was actually produced in 1933.

Swedish reporter Inga Gaate also did an interview with Garbo (her first ever) at the time of filming Gösta Berling (1924). It is not known if Gaate also suggested Garbo to Stiller for the lead role.

SOURCE: Barry Paris: Garbo (1994)

 

ODALISKE FRAN SMOLNA – SWEDISH PRODUCTION (1924)

This is not the same version and/or project that was actually going to be produced in Germany, later that year.

After the success of Gösta Berling Saga in March 1924, Stiller had another project in mind with Greta and his “Gösta” team. He wrote the screenplay, based on a story by Vladimir Semitjov, and wanted to produce the picture for Svensk Filmindustri.

Some time later Stiller got an offer from the German film company Trianon A.G.

SOURCE: Barry Paris: Garbo (1994)

 

HOTEL STADT LEMBERG (1924)

In spring 1925, the German film company, Trianon AG, offered Stiller to make a film for them, based on a current best-selling novel whose plot centered around a luxury hotel in Germany (Lajos Biró’s novel Hotel Stadt Lemberg). Stiller refused, arguing that he already bought the screen rights to the story of Odaliske fran Smolna.

The director was against this, and Stiller said that if they did not want it he would find backing elsewhere.

SOURCE: Garbo Book

 

DIE ODALISKE VON SMOLNY – GERMAN PRODUCTION (1924)

Stiller signed a deal with the German Trianon Film AG. He told him that he already had the right story for a film. Later, after new contracts it was going to be a co-production with Trianon films and Stiller. Conrad Veidt and Einar Hanson were also cast for the film. Stiller wanted to film the movie in Constantinople/Turkey and later Berlin/Germany.

Due of money problems the production was stopped and the film was never made.

SOURCE: Barry Paris: GARBO

 
 
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