The Girl from the Marsh Croft

Genre: Drama
82 min


Based on the novel

by Selma Lagerlf.

Servant sale at town square.

Too young, she can't do the job.

Redheads talk too much.

Those who neglect their own clothes

will neglect cattle just as much.

- You don't like to work!

- What?

You never to stay at a farm.

Every year, I find you here.

Two people make a meeting. Some owner's

can't treat their servants right.


- I'd sure like to work for him.

- I know you would!

I will go immediately.

Are you looking for a maid?

Yes, indeed.

- What's your name?

- Helga.

You're quite young.

And you're not strong yet.

- But it'll be enough for a maid.

- That's not what I'm here for.

- What's with her?

- Her?

She won't find a job.

Not on a respectable farm.

- No farmer will take her.

- That's Helga Christmann.

- She used to work at the Marshland Farm.

- She worked for Peter Nolde.

- She had to leave that farm.

- Once Nolde was married.

- Oh, so it's her?

- Yes.

- How long did you work?

- 3 years.

- What can you do?

- Household chores and field work.

You won't need to do field work.

Where have you been last?

I was with Jens Willgraff.

- I will talk to him.

- He's at the tribunal today.

Leave the window closed!

Or else you should be

stricken with my gout.

The judge wants those windows

to be opened.


He suffocates from

all those dusty files.

Did this foul trial

get up his nose?

Defamation, cattle stealing,

legacy hunting, forgery.

The judge is not the only one

who has had it with all these trials.

I can imagine.

I'm looking for Jens Willgraff?


He was just here.

You and your pranks.

My pranks?

What is it, Karsten Dittmar?

Somebody who is looking

for himself!

I need some information.

Later. At the tavern, with a nice jug.


There's only one thing left.

The judge will hurry up.

He, himself has had it, with all this.

The judge

knows what's important.

Money, it's always the money...

This court will now hear

the case..

Of Helga Christmann,

unmarried maid..

From the Marshland Farm,

against Peter Nolde, farmer,


That's me.

- Did the plaintiff not show?

- She's outside, crying.

She's probably ashamed.

Now it's too late!

C'mon in.


Why are you standing

around outside?

You called in the court,

you will only make things worse

if you don't defend yourself now.

So, Helga Christmann,

you filed a suit

against the father of your child,

born on December 5.


You claim that the father

of your child is

Peter Nolde.


I'm not the father.

It's easy to name your former

employer as the father.

You're sure to get your

money that way.


do you stand by your testimony?

You don't want to answer?

He's the father.

Because Nolde denies..

You will have to testify under oath.

Peter Nolde, are you ready

to take an oath?


You are aware of

the meaning of the oath?

You know

committing perjury is a major sin,

heavily punished.


For a married man,

it is a sore temptation

to clear himself of all this

under oath.

After this reminder,

would you still

like to go under oath?

I want to.

On the Bible.

He can't vow! He should not vow!

Don't interrupt.

She's scared of losing

her lawsuit.

Peter Nolde,

rest your right hand on this Bible

and repeat after me.

"I swear by God,"

"omnipotent and all-knowing..."

"I swear by God,"

"omnipotent and all-knowing..."

"that the maid, Helga

Christmann and I, never..."

"that the maid, Helga

Christmann and I, never..."

What does she want with the Bible?

She doesn't want to vow?


Let justice take it's course.

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Philipp Lothar Mayring

Philipp Lothar Mayring (19 September 1879 – 6 July 1948) was a German screenwriter, actor and film director. He worked on the screenplays for over seventy films, and directed another twelve. more…

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