Kronblom (1947)

Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Sweden  |  
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Hollywood had its Blondie and Dick Tracy; Sweden had its Kronblom. Ludde Gentzel stars in this cinematic rendition of the popular Swedish comic-magazine character created by Elov Persson. Put simply, Kronblom has an aversion to work, which is why he's constantly broke. The film details Kronblom's various schemes to keep food on the table without stooping to ordinary labor. In a departure from the original, the screen version of Kronblom is a man of wisdom and intelligence, enabling the audience to "pull" for him throughout. Faced with the film's 110-minute running time, however, non-Scandinavian audiences weren't as sympathetically inclined towards the portentous protagonist.

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get-rich-quick-scheme, intelligence [knowledge], laziness, unemployment, wisdom