Theatre, 1943

U-boat 39

U-boat 39, written by a pacifist in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the war, depicts the aftermath of a submarine accident, with women waiting at the submarine base for information about their loved ones on board the sunken boat.

'A young aesthete with more of a sense of style than of what people are made of on the inside.'
Herbert Grevenius

About the production

Three days after the premiere, Swedish U-boat Ulven (The Wolf) exploded and 33 people were killed.


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


  • Dagny Lind, The mother
  • Curt Edgard, The son
  • Sture Djerf, The brother
  • Sally Palmblad, The girl
  • Gun Adler, The girl's mother
  • Sif Ruud, The sister-in-law
  • Ilse-Nore Tromm
  • Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs
  • Marianne Lenard
  • Börje Herner
  • Anna Tretow, The first woman
  • Anna-Stina Osslund, The second woman
  • Estrid Hesse, The third woman
  • Margareta Sjögren, The fourth woman
  • Birgitta André, The fifth woman
  • Agnes Svedbäck, The seventh woman
  • Karin Lannby, The eighth woman
  • Rudolf Värnlund , Author
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Gunnar Lindblad, Designer