The Parson's Widow ★★★★

If he wishes to become the clergyman in a small Danish town, a candidate for the position must follow the rule of the local church and marry the widow of the previous parson. The widow is old and has had several previous husbands. The recently ordained clergyman is young and has a sweetheart who is accompanying him. Although reluctant, the young man agrees to the wedding, hoping to take charge of the affairs of the church and expecting that he will soon be a widower. However, he finds that the widow may be old, but she is smart and cagey, and she soon has him subdued and behaving according to her wishes. Once in control, the old woman turns out to be understanding and sympathetic to her new husband and his sweetheart. Under her tutelage, the young man learns some important lessons about the kinds of thinking and behavior expected of a good man and parson.

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s second film is a pleasant, human, warm comedy with excellent, very natural, acting from a small cast.

See our reviews of these Dreyer silent films: Master Of The House (1925) and The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928).