My Friend the Detective

A.W. Sandberg, 1924, 103 min
You can't necessarily use literature to solve a murder. That’s what the avid reader of detective novels, Astrid, will realise when she tries to imitate her novel heroes in a creepy murder mystery. Although her skills as a private detective fall short, she still learns a lot from her attempts. Such as that a charming policeman can be as good as any Sherlock Holmes, both in crime and in love.

My Friend the Detective is based on a short story by Jens Anker. The production of the film was expensive, and the Danish references from that time seem to indicate that it was a success. One journalist writes about the film’s premiere in Stockholm, stating it “was such a success that it has now been running for months.”

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