Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Nils Poppe, described variously as the Swedish Chaplin or the Swedish Keaton, stars in Tappa Inte Sugen. The title translates as Don't Give Up, the motto of famed Barrymoresque actor Pelle (Nils Poppe). As the audience is apprised of Pelle's torturous rise to fame and his various romantic entanglements, a subplot develops involving Pelle's interest in aspiring actress Sonja (Gaby Stenberg). Sidestepping the usual backstage cliches, the film paints a fairly accurate picture of Swedish backstage life. Even so, Tappa Inte Sugen is adapted from the Stanley Lupino operetta Lady Beware, so it isn't entirely an exercise in realism.