While the Christmas Bells Ring

Alf Nielsen, Denmark, 1917

23 min.DK/FeatureDramaSilent films

It is Christmas Eve, and some are finding it easier to look forward to the upcoming celebrations than others. In the home of Widow Ejlersen and her adult son John, money is tight. John has spent his last dime on his mother’s rent, and as his boss refuses to give him an advance, he cannot even buy her a Christmas present. That evening, John drifts aimlessly along the wintry streets while his boss, manufacturer Berg, and his little daughter Else open large presents in their beautiful, warm living room. In sheer desperation, John decides to rob Berg’s house, and the evening takes an unexpected turn.
Basic information Credits
Original title Mens Juleklokkerne ringer
Danish title Mens Juleklokkerne ringer
Other titles Naar Juleklokkerne ringer, Medens Juleklokkerne ringer
Director Alf Nielsen
Screenplay Alf Nielsen
Director of Photography Johan Ankerstjerne
Appearance Johannes Meyer, Emma Wiehe, Alf Nielsen, Ulla Søderholm
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 26.12.1917
Cinemas Biograf-Theatret
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Production company Selandia Film
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction Alf Nielsen


Script Alf Nielsen


Cinematography Johan Ankerstjerne


Appearance Johannes Meyer
Appearance Emma Wiehe
Appearance Alf Nielsen
Appearance Ulla Søderholm

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