The Unknown Mothers / Clouds Which Veil Happiness

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

4 March 1921

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

feature

Original title

Neznámé matky

Czech title

Neznámé matky

English title

The Unknown Mothers / Clouds Which Veil Happiness

Parallel Title

Mračna, jež halí štěstí

Synopsis

Stáza Šimková is in love with young Jan. However, Jan leaves her and Stáza confesses to her father that she is expecting a baby. Her father banishes her and Stáza, in desperation, leaves her new born daughter at a home for foundlings because she does not have the means to bring her up. Later, she works as an accountant for factory owner, Janota and, in time, she marries him. Twelve years of happy marriage later, Stáza is plagued by her conscience and turns to her brother, Václav for help. By chance she then meets Marie, a twelve-year-old boarder at Kalin's poultry farm and recognises her to be her daughter. Stáza is very anxious about Marie's future, and indeed her own and Václav magnanimously offers to bring Marie up himself. At this time Jan appears. For years he has been looking for Stáza and the child. Janota finds out the truth about his wife's past and wants to drive Stáza out of his home but Václav stands up for her and reminds Janota of the twelve happy years of marriage he has spent with Stáza. Janota accepts his wife back and her daughter. Jan secures Václav a position in Vienna.

Cast

Anna Iblová

Stáza Šimková provdaná Janotová

Jaroslav Vojta

nadlesní, Stázin otec

Bedřich Karen

továrník Janota

František Hlavatý

Stázin starší bratr Václav

Theodor Pištěk

Václavův syn Gustav

Josef Rozsíval

lesnický mládenec Jan

Věra Hlavatá

Stázina dcerka Marie

Marie Ptáková

drůbežnice Kalinová, Mariina pěstounka

Jan Zelenka

účetní u Janoty

Rudolf Žák

sluha u Janoty

Anna Zelenková

domovnice v domě Kalinové

Anna Bernhardtová

Janotova neteř

Josef Vošalík

Janotův přítel

Bedřich Vrbský

Janotův přítel

František Kovářík

Janotův přítel

Crew and creators

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala

Production info

Original Title

Neznámé matky

English Title

The Unknown Mothers / Clouds Which Veil Happiness

Parallel Title

Mračna, jež halí štěstí

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

4 March 1921

Production

Thespis

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lloydfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech