Father Karafiát

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production year

1935

Premiere

2 August 1935

Runtime

107 min

Director

Jan Sviták

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Film state

lost film

Original title

Pan otec Karafiát

Czech title

Pan otec Karafiát

English title

Father Karafiát

Working title

Slečna Konvalinka

Synopsis

Miller Karafiát's only indulgence - fishing - is being threatened by the spills from the nearby liqueur factory owned by Mrs Vaňková. The miller takes out court action against her and, since he believes his lawyer JUDr Krása to be incapable, insists that his only son Jarka study law. Jarka completes a law degree but writes songs in secret. During his studies Jarka makes the acquaintance of Milada, a law student. During a visit to Prague, Karafiát discovers that his son is not practising law and father and son part on bad terms. Jarka accepts a job as a bar musician. Milada finishes her studies and becomes a junior clerk in JUDr Krása's practice. Jarka and Milada are secretly in love but they suspect each other of having relationships with other people. The trial continues and Karafiát, represented by Milada, now a lawyer, leaves the courtroom before the end. He has been given a tip-off regarding the whereabouts of his son whom he has been searching for for some time. In a bar he hears Jarka's new song and he forgives him for what happened in the past. Milada comes to the bar with the news that their case has been won and she and Jarka settle their differences. Father Karafiát is overjoyed - now he'll have a real lawyer in the family after all. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made)

Note

The film materials are believed lost.

Cast

Theodor Pištěk

mlynář Karafiát

Marie Bečvářová

Karafiátova žena

Arno Velecký

dr. Jarka Karafiát, jejich syn

Vladimír Hlavatý

Franta, Jarkův kamarád

Josef Gruss

Olda, Jarkův kamarád

Ria Byron

kolportérka Milada Hájková

Ladislav Pešek

agent Stáňa, Miladin bratr

Karel Dostal

advokát JUDr. Krása

Jaroslav Marvan

stárek Suchánek

Vladimír Řepa

solicitátor Řehák

Růžena Šlemrová

majitelka výrobny likérů Vaňková

Jaroslav Skála

podváděný manžel Petersonové

Ladislav Janeček

ředitel restaurantu

Václav Trégl

sluha u soudu

Marie Oliaková

paní u soudu

R. A. Dvorský

kapelník v baru

Sylva Kleinová

Melody Boys

hudebníci v baru

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Sviták

Based on

Otomar Schäfer (Slečna Konvalinka – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Václav Vích

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Sound Designer

Vilém Taraba

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Kumok

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songwriter

Josef Kumok

Production info

Original Title

Pan otec Karafiát

Czech Title

Pan otec Karafiát

English Title

Father Karafiát

Working Title

Slečna Konvalinka

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production Year

1935

Production specifications

start of filming 2 January 1935 (ateliéry)
end of filming 14 January 1935 (ateliéry)
date of censorship 03/1935

Premiere

premiere 2 August 1935 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Gaumont /2 týdny/, Juliš /1 týden/ a Lucerna /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Ufa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Ufa

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

107 min

Original length in metres

3 050 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech