When the Waltz Strikes Up

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Když valčík zní

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

29.11.1929

Language version

Czech

Director

Oldřich Kmínek

Screenplay

Oldřich Kmínek

Synopsis

Operetta tenor Viktor Norman is successful in "The Merry Widow" with his mistress, Olga. On the frozen Vltava river, they meet with the skater Zorka. The sweet, plain-looking girl misses her train and Viktor takes her to her father's game-keeper's lodge. On his return to Prague, Viktor burns all his love letters he had received from various mistresses and even gets rid of Olga's portrait. Resisting Olga's attempts to seduce him, he takes Zorka for his wife. The newly married couple are happy. Viktor leaves to make a guest appearance in Berlin. Olga takes advantage of his absence, she and two of her friends visit Zorka and ridicule both her and her apartment. Zorka turns to her father for help since he is always capable of consoling her. He persuades her to buy a new dress. Zorka then modernises and decorates their Prague apartment. On his return from Berlin, Viktor goes straight to his performance where Olga once again tries to turn him against Zorka. It is with reluctance that he returns home. However he is pleasantly surprised when he sees how Zorka has changed; she has a becoming new hairstyle and beautiful clothes. They prepare to go to the Artist's Ball where Viktor us proud to show off his wife.

Cast

Václav Norman

tenorista Viktor Norman

Bronislava Livia

operetní hvězda Olga

Josef Rovenský

lesník Černý

Anita Janová

lesníkova dcera Zorka

Alois Mecera

bytový architekt

Gustav Hrdlička

Normanův garderobiér

Karel Veselý

Normanův komorník

Crew and creators

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Když valčík zní

English Title

When the Waltz Strikes Up

Working Title

Románek operního tenoristy

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Premiere

29.11.1929

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Primus

Technical info

Versions

Czech