The Suffering of the Grey Sister

Country

Czechoslovakia, Austria

Copyright

1930

Production year

1930

Premiere

28 November 1930

Runtime

115 min

Director

Leo Marten

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Utrpení šedé sestry

Czech title

Utrpení šedé sestry

English title

The Suffering of the Grey Sister

Parallel title

Die graue Schwester

Synopsis

Postal clerk Hana Krásná falls in love with pilot Roman Vinický who, however, is betrothed to Sylva Mauerová. Roman returns Hana's feelings but he has to go abroad to work. Hana discovers that she is expecting a child with Roman. Silva finds out about Roman's affair with Hana and she ensures that Hana is transferred to the mountains. When the child is born Hana tells the doctor who the father is and the doctor writes Roman a letter. The letter, however, is appropriated by Sylva's brother Adolf and he tells Hana, who is penniless, that he will look after her little daughter. In despair Hana agrees and tries to kill herself. She is saved by sisters from a convent. Roman returns home and discovers that Hana has disappeared. He marries Sylva but the marriage is not successful. Three years later the maid caring for Hana's daughter tells Adolf that the child is seriously ill. Roman takes the child to hospital. The operation is successful and the child is returned to the care of her mother who has meanwhile become a nun. The little girl's nurse recognises Hana as the mother and she tells Roman. He goes to find Hana and they talk together about all that has happened.

Note

The film includes shots of an air display taken at an airfield – Aero airplanes and hangars.

Cast

Anita Janová

Hana Krásná, později jeptiška Dolores

Václav Norman

letecký důstojník Roman Vinický

Jára Kohout

sluha Alois

Čeněk Šlégl

velkostatkář Jan Horák zvaný Bubi

Bronislava Livia

Vinického snoubenka Silva Mauerová

Jack Mylong-Münz

Silvin bratr Adolf zvaný Reddy

Wilhelm Sichra

ředitel pošty

vídeňští herci a herečky

Crew and creators

Director

Leo Marten

Screenstory

Karel Špelina

Screenplay

Karel Špelina

Director of Photography

Josef Ambor

Production info

Original Title

Utrpení šedé sestry

Czech Title

Utrpení šedé sestry

English Title

The Suffering of the Grey Sister

Parallel Title

Die graue Schwester

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia, Austria

Copyright

1930

Production Year

1930

Production specifications

date of censorship 23 October 1930

Premiere

premiere 28 November 1930 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Flora /1 týden/ a Národ /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Karel Špelina

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Listo Vídeň

Distribution

Dafa

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

115 min

Original length in metres

3 265 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