Copenhagen’s Sherlock Holmes

Aage Falck-Rasmussen, 1925, 101 min
Karen Wang and her beloved Kai Ørn live happily together. However, just as he’s about to propose, a serpent slithers into the paradise: Viggo Eibye, who’s a bad man, also wants to marry Karen. For financial reasons, she says yes to the marriage, but before the wedding day, Viggo Eibye dies in mysterious circumstances. Wang and Ørn are suspected, and two men are put on the case – the brusque detective Engberg and a cunning reporter, who may be able to explain how these cases are actually intertwined.

Karen Wang is played by Karen Winther, who in the course of a mere six-year career managed to make a name for herself in several roles in A.W. Sandberg’s films, including David Copperfield (1922), and in several farces by Lau Lauritzen. However, she’s best known to posterity for her role as a witch in Benjamin Christensen’s masterpiece Häxan (which translates as The Witch, from 1922). In 1925, the actress’ career ended abruptly when she was diagnosed with pernicious anaemia.

The film contains Danish intertitles.

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