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Ingrid Bergman was anticipating her first marriage, at age 21, as she was filming the Swedish comedy Dollar (1938). Bergman, who considered seven to be her lucky number, had become engaged to Petter Lindstrom a year earlier and planned her wedding day as July 7, 1937 (the seventh day of the seventh month in a year ending in seven). But Dollar overran its production schedule and the ceremony was delayed until July 10. The marriage lasted 12 years, until Bergman notoriously deserted her husband for Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini.

In Dollar Bergman plays a beautiful actress who is married to a businessman (Georg Rydeberg). The pair is friendly with two other couples, and everybody in this tight little circle seems to suspect his or her spouse of infidelity. When one of the husbands faces ruin because of his gambling debts, Bergman sells her stock in her husband's company to save him, leading to a series of comic misunderstandings that get sorted out at a ski lodge.

The film is directed by Gustaf Molander, who had become Bergman's champion and mentor much as Mauritz Stiller had for Greta Garbo. By the time the film was finished, Molander realized that Bergman was its dominant element and insisted that she have first billing.

Four years into her film career in her native Sweden and a year away from her debut in American movies, Bergman had established herself as her country's leading young dramatic actress. She received excellent notices for her comic role in Dollar. "Ingrid Bergman's feline appearance as an industrial tycoon's wife overshadows them all," read one review of the day. "[This is] partly because of her dominant role, far removed from the ones she usually plays; also, however, owing to superb comedy timing and her lustrous appearance."

Director: Gustaf Molander
Screenplay: Stina Bergman, based on play by Hjalmar Bergman
Cinematography: Ake Dahlqvist
Original Music: Eric Bengtson (uncredited)
Editing: Oscar Rosander (uncredited)
Art Director: Arne Akermark (uncredited)
Principal Cast: Ingrid Bergman (Julia Balzar), Georg Rydeberg (Kurt Balzar), Tutta Rolf (Sussi Brenner), Kotti Chave (Louis Brenner), Birgit Tengroth (Katja von Batwyhl), Edvin Adolphson (Dr. Johnson).
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