Galgin's Mysterious Case

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1923

Production year

1923

Premiere

21 March 1924

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Záhadný případ Galginův

Czech title

Záhadný případ Galginův

English title

Galgin's Mysterious Case

Parallel title

Hrabě Jaromir z Kolouratů / Hrabě Jaromír z Kolovratů

Synopsis

Marie is disillusioned with her marriage. Her husband Arthur is never at home, constantly going out to parties. On his way to see a former lover, Arthur is injured in a train accident. He loses his memory and, when his documents are exchanged, he is considered dead. Konstantin, who is courting Marie for her wealth, seizes the opportunity and marries her. Arthur finds his way to a gamekeeper's lodge and is mistaken for the lost husband of the gamekeeper's daughter, Rosa Mathisová. Arthur finally settles into the lodge and Rosa bears him a son. During a fight with Rosa's former lover Ondřej, Arthur is hit on the head and his memory returns. His true identity is also confirmed by the courts. Konstantin doesn't want to give Marie up so that he doesn't lose out financially. Arthur therefore pays him off and he also employs Rosa and her real husband Mathis, who has returned from his wanderings, on his estate. Finally Marie and he decide to adopt the boy.

Note

The film contains clever use of double special effects. For a long time the film was considered lost. In 1992 it was acquired from the collection at George Eastman House in Rochester where it had been stored under the title "Count Jaromir from Kolourat." The English-Czech intertitles and the introductory titles include different names of characters from those contained in the Czech descripiton of the film at the time it was made (in this case the differing roles are given after a dash).

Cast

Theodor Pištěk

statkář Artur Galgin z Bernhutu – hrabě Jaromír z Kolovratů/tulák Mathis – tulák Matys

Xenie Alexandrovna Carelli

Galginova choť Mary – hraběnka Marie

Marie Fingerová

Mathisova žena Rosa

Ferenc Futurista

Konstantin – baron Petr z Nemanic

Jaroslav Vojta

venkovský hrubián Ondřej, Rosin milenec

Josef Šváb-Malostranský

starý sluha Tomáš

Boža Holoubková

Thea Fanchetta – Kamila

Jan W. Speerger

Konstantinův přítel

Rudolf Myzet

Konstantinův přítel

Alois Charvát

dřevorubec

Saša Dobrovolná

dřevorubcova žena

Alois Dvorský

soudní písař

Crew and creators

Based on

Otomar Schäfer (Nerozřešitelný případ Galginův – povídka z knihy Hrdina Lackmann a jiné povídky)

Director of Photography

Josef Kokeisl

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Záhadný případ Galginův

Czech Title

Záhadný případ Galginův

English Title

Galgin's Mysterious Case

Parallel Title

Hrabě Jaromir z Kolouratů / Hrabě Jaromír z Kolovratů

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1923

Production Year

1923

Production specifications

date of censorship 9 February 1923

Premiere

premiere 21 March 1924 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Světozor a Slavia, Praha)

Production

Pronax-Film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Iris-Film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 500 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

tinting, black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech