Open Marriage

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

11 January 1930

Runtime

112 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Kamarádské manželství

Czech title

Kamarádské manželství

English title

Open Marriage

Synopsis

Jiří and Květa live happily together in a kind of open marriage which does not bear the official stamp of matrimony. Květa's wealthy friend Eva is in love with the student Hanuš and some time later discovers that she is expecting his baby. Despite this, Hanuš still does not want to commit himself to marriage and consequently suggests an open marriage. Eva's family categorically reject this solution and hastily marry her off to the banker Hronek. On the day of the wedding Hronek discovers Eva's pregnant state, nonetheless he goes ahead with the wedding because he wishes to avoid a society scandal, but more importantly, because he loves her. Meanwhile, Jiří and Květa's open marriage is put to the test when Květa loses her job and the young couple only just manage to get by. In the end everything turns out for the best for both couples. Eva falls in love with her lawful husband and rejects Hanuš even though he now has a secure lifestyle and persistently asks her to divorce Hronek and marry him. Květa and Jiří's financial situation improves and they both look forward to the arrival of the child that Květa is expecting. Independently, both couples declare that every kind of marriage is good if the love is mutual. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Cast

Jindřich Lhoták

továrník konzul Eduard Rubeš

Suzanne Marwille

Rubešova manželka Marta

Sybill Peach

Rubešova dcera Eva

Ernst Verebes

studující techniky Jiří Havelka

Máňa Ženíšková

švadlenka Květa Zárubová

Olaf Fjord

bankéř Karel Hronek

Theodor Pištěk

Hronkův přítel ředitel Prokop

Václav Norman

dr. Hanuš Bystřický

Jindřich Edl

Hanušův otec profesor Bystřický

Mia Tar

tanečnice Rita

Bronislava Livia

dáma ze společnosti Olga Vyšínová

Dr. Švarc

lékař

Filip Balek-Brodský

senátor Bohuslav

Milka Balek-Brodská

manželka senátora Bohuslava

Břetislav Faltys

správce domu Ferdinand Homolka

Frank Argus

řečník

Leon Ratom

řečník

M. Mayerová

řečník

Josef Oliak

manžel

Marie Oliaková

rozčílená manželka

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Frank Argus

Screenplay

Frank Argus

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Kamarádské manželství

English Title

Open Marriage

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Premiere

11 January 1930

Production

Starfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Starfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

112 min

Versions

Czech