A Double Life

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1924

Production year

1924

Premiere

31 October 1924

Runtime

122 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Dvojí život

Czech title

Dvojí život

English title

A Double Life

Synopsis

Country girl Žofka goes into service in Prague where she is seduced by the frivolous Rudolf Slaba. Rudolf is thrown out of work for drunkenness and Žofka leaves him after she gave birth to his child. On the advice of an old beggarwoman she starts to beg herself; however, she is imprisoned although she is innocent. After her release she tries to drown herself together with her child but she faints and subsequently thinks that her child has drowned. Mrs Robova takes wretched Žofka under her wing and Žofka inherits her money after Mrs. Robova dies. She returns to her village of Dubová with a guilty conscience and later she marries Jan Rokyta and keeps the accounts in his workshop. The couple, however, is childless. The son of a landowner from Dubová, Jaroslav Beneš, makes the acquaintance in Prague of the lovely Jitřenka. Jitřenka is expecting a child with Jaroslav but his parents forbid the wedding. After the baby is born, Jaroslav goes to see his new family in Prague in secret. Jaroslav's confidante Žofka, finds out from Jitřenka's family that the latter was found in a little boat on the river and Žofka recognises her own daughter. Jitřenka makes her peace with Jaroslav's parents and the film ends with a wedding.

Cast

Mary Jansová

Žofie Dražilová

Saša Dobrovolná

Žofiina matka

Jan W. Speerger

lakýrnický pomocník Rudolf Slaba

Eduard Malý

zámečník Jan Rokyta

Jerzy Pawikowski

velkostatkář Beneš, radův bratr

František Havel

ministerský rada Vojtěch Beneš, velkostatkářův bratr

Marie Černá

Jitřenka, neteř hospodyně Bábinky, dcera Svobodových

Antonín Marek

domovník Svoboda

Tekla Černá

Svobodova žena Kateřina

Betty Kysilková

hospodyně Bábinka

Jiří Gsöllhofer

velkostatkářův syn Jaroslav

Marie Fingerová

Benešová, Jaroslavova matka

Emilie Boková

žebračka "Bílá paní"

Marie Tajčová

paní Robová

Jan Richter

karbaník

Alois Charvát

policejní komisař

Karel Lamač

opilec v hospodě U Slunce

Marie Veselá

sousedka

Marie Raimannová

holka

Ada Velický

obecní strážník

Crew and creators

Based on

Vavřinec Řehoř (Dvojí život – román)

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Dvojí život

English Title

A Double Life

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1924

Production Year

1924

Premiere

31 October 1924

Production

Pronax-Film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Pronax-Film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

122 min

Versions

Czech