The Laughing Woman

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production year

1931

Premiere

20 March 1931

Director

Jan Bor

Category

film

Genre

drama, social

Typology

feature

Original title

Žena, která se směje

Czech title

Žena, která se směje

English title

The Laughing Woman

Synopsis

Helena Leeová is at a spa with her daughter Marcelka. One day a lifeguard saves her from drowning. The rescued woman comes to in the lifeguard's arms. This incident is used by the newspapers to promote a society scandal. They print a report that the lifeguard was seen with Helena in her bedroom. Helena's husband, the banker Filip Lee, is a candidate for bank president. The scandal threatens his career and thus Lee at once demands a divorce. His legal representative, Jan Farrland, not only wins the divorce suit but also manages to have Helena's daughter taken from her custody. One day Farrland meets Helena at a society party and he comes to understand that he has wronged her, and he falls in love with her. Marcelka should be taken to Europe and Helena beseeches Farrland to help have her child returned to her. Lee asks Farland for legal advice. He tells him about the case of the divorced man who should be prosecuted for not honoring his wedding vows as he had intimate relations with his secretary before the time of his divorce. Jan understands that this story is about Lee himself and he presses the banker to return to Helena her child. Farrland confesses his love to Helena. A sensation-seeking reporter obtains for his newspaper a photo of the happy fiancés - Jan and Helena. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

The film was produced by the U.S. company Paramount. According to the film yearbook issued at the time the film was made, the length of the film was 2280,0 m.

Cast

Olga Scheinpflugová

Helena Leeová

Antonín Strnad

bankéř Filip Lee, Helenin manžel

Marie Vacková (2)

Marcela, dcera Leeových

Jiří Steimar

právní zástupce Jan Farrland

Ela Poznerová

Markéta Dellová

Fred Bulín

Al Brown

Růžena Šlemrová

Playgateová

Irena Ardenová

Flo

Mariana Hellerová

Carltonová

Antonie Langrová

Parkerová

Věra Štěpánková

Rosa

Marie Oliaková

paní v hotelu

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Bor

Based on

Alfred Puter (Žena, která se směje – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Jan Bor

Production info

Original Title

Žena, která se směje

English Title

The Laughing Woman

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, social

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production Year

1931

Premiere

20 March 1931

Production

Paramount

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Paramount

Technical info

Versions

Czech