Theatre, 1948

Come Up Empty

The oldest of Bergman's preserved radio plays, Come Up Empty is set in Stockholm's archipelago and is a comical drama triangle involving a married couple, their daughter and her boyfriend, as well as a femme fatale from the city.
'If you give the Devil fair play, he comes up empty.'
-from the unpublished manuscript

Reviews and comments

'It is like a light at the end of the tunnel for those of us who have witnessed Ingmar Bergman as he survived his first tumultuous early years, now evolving into an important Swedish dramatist to be reckoned with.'

- Lars-Levi Laestadius


  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide, (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).


  • Doris Svedlund, Susanne
  • Sture Ericson, Jan Karlberg
  • Margit Manstad, Ingeborg
  • Birger Malmsten, Martin
  • Gerd Hagman, Gertrud
  • Ingmar Bergman, Author