When the Waltz Strikes Up

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

29 November 1929

Runtime

99 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Když valčík zní

Czech title

Když valčík zní

English title

When the Waltz Strikes Up

Working title

Románek operního tenoristy

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

Director of Photography

Josef Brabec

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production info

Original Title

Když valčík zní

Czech Title

Když valčík zní

English Title

When the Waltz Strikes Up

Working Title

Románek operního tenoristy

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Production specifications

date of censorship 1 October 1929

Premiere

premiere 29 November 1929 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Juliš, Praha)

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Primus

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

99 min

Original length in metres

2 800 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech