The Doctor's Secret

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tajemství lékařovo

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1930

Production year

1930

Premiere

02.01.1931

Language version

Czech

Director

Julius Lébl

Synopsis

Marriage to a despotic husband is unbearable for Liliana Garsonová. She decides to run away with Hugo Paton, whom she loves. After a bitter row she leaves her wedding ring and jewels in the drawer of her husband's desk, together with a letter announcing her departure. Hugo is getting ready for a trip to Egypt. It is time to leave for the train station and Hugo hurries out to his car, but he is run over by a passing car. Doctor Brody, called to the scene, declares him dead. He goes to Hugo's apartment to notify the next of kin of his death. He finds Liliana there, who says she is not Hugo's wife, and the doctor orders her to leave the apartment. Liliana, in misery, goes home. Her estranged husband, Mr Garson, has found the jewels in his desk but overlooked the letter. Guests are arriving at his house. Among them is Dr Brody who relates what he has just been through. He describes Liliana as a characterless woman. Liliana, left alone with Brody, gives him the letter and challenges him to use it against her as evidence. Brody finally understands Liliana and offers her friendship. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

This is the first of three films made by Paramount in various language versions in the same sets in studios in Paris: The Doctor´s Secret – American version, directed by William G. DeMille, El secreto del doctor – Spanish version, directed by Charles de Rochefort, Il segreto del dottore – Italian version, directed by John W. Brunius, Tajemnica lekarza – Polish version, directed by Ryszard Ordyński. According to the film yearbook issued at the time the film was made, the length of the film was 1700,0 m.

Cast

Andula Sedláčková

Liliana Garsonová

Václav Vydra st.

Richard, Lilianin manžel

Růžena Šlemrová

Reddingova žena

Theodor Pištěk

dr. Brody

Fred Bulín

ing. Hugo Paton

Nina Ninon

Zuzanka

Marie Buddeusová

dáma ze společnosti

Crew and creators

Director

Julius Lébl

Based on

James M. Barrie (Half an Hour – divadelní hra)

Production info

Original Title

Tajemství lékařovo

English Title

The Doctor's Secret

Copyright

1930

Production Year

1930

Premiere

02.01.1931

Production

Paramount

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Paramount

Technical info

Versions

Czech