Good Mothers

Carl Th. Dreyer, Denmark, 1942

11 min.DK/Documentary

A description of the measures taken to protect the health both of married and unmarried mothers and their children through an organisation known as "Mother Help" (Mødrehjælpen). The theme is illustrated by taking a simple story of an unmarried mother. All the parts are played by natural types.
The film was produced by Dansk Kulturfilm for the Joint Committee of the Mother's Aid Institutions (Mødrehjælpens Fællesraad) in 1942 and added to the Social Denmark series in 1947. One of the two short Danish dialogue sequences has been eliminated from the English version.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Mødrehjælpen
Danish title Mødrehjælpen
Other titles Social Denmark II, Mères Modèles, Good Mothers
Keywords The National Council for the Unmarried Mother and Her Child, Single mothers, Motherhood, Social services, 1940-1949
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer
Producer Mogens Skot-Hansen
Director of Photography Verner Jensen, Poul Gram
Composer Poul Schierbeck
Appearances Hjørdis Jacobsen
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish
Production companies Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Udenrigsministeriets Pressebureau
Technical info 325 meter, 35 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, Black/white, Sound
Danish theatrical release 20.11.1942
Cinemas Palladium forfilm til "Vi kunne ha' det saa rart!"


Production companies Nordisk Films Kompagni
With support from Statens Filmfond
Commissioned by Mødrehjælpens Fællesråd, Dansk Kulturfilm
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Udenrigsministeriets Pressebureau


Direction Carl Th. Dreyer


Script Carl Th. Dreyer


Producer Mogens Skot-Hansen


Cinematography Verner Jensen
Cinematography Poul Gram
Camera assistant Astrid Henning-Jensen


Music Poul Schierbeck


da. version Ebbe Neergaard
eng. version Dinah Miller
fr. version M. Hermannsen


Erna, en ung mor Hjørdis Jacobsen

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