Long Live the Dearly Departed

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production year

1935

Premiere

8 February 1935

Runtime

89 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Ať žije nebožtík

Czech title

Ať žije nebožtík

English title

Long Live the Dearly Departed

Summary

Hugo Haas and Adina Mandlová made five films together between 1933 and 1937. The comedy Ať žije nebožtík (Long Live the Dearly Departed, 1935) is widely viewed as a strong collaboration in this regard. Under the direction of Martin Frič, Haas and Mandlová – partners in both their private and professional lives – play a couple who must battle against various misunderstandings and pitfalls on their road to contentment. Thanks to a mix-up over some X-Rays, chronic carousing man-about-town Petr Suk (majestically portrayed by Haas) believes he has only one day left to live. And so after a night of partying, topped off with a minor car accident, he has no hesitation in marrying hospital nurse Alice (Mandlová). Unfortunately, given his recent shenanigans, Suk is unable to remember her appearance. The marriage is set to bring Alice a large sum of money via the wealthy uncle of her supposedly fatally ill patient. Singer, entertainer and actor Karel Hašler plays the uncle in this much-loved film.

Synopsis

Wealthy and ill Petr Kornel is not pleased with the carousing lifestyle of his nephew. He stops supporting him financially and demands that he change his name. Out of gratitude Kornel bequeaths a substantial sum of money to his nurse Alice with the condition that she marries. Petr Suk, as the nephew is now named, visits the doctor. In the waiting room his X-ray is mistakenly switched with one of another patient's. On the basis of this he presently learns that he is seriously ill and has only one day of life left to him. Therefore the young man sells all his belongings and sets out on one last binge. In his drunkenness he becomes mixed up in a minor traffic accident and is driven off to the hospital. There a nurse asks if as a dying man he would not perform a good deed and marry her colleague who will come into some money as a result. Petr agrees and without even knowing whom he has married takes off for home in the morning. The mistake with the X-rays is cleared up and Petr, who is healthy but completely ruined, sets off to his uncle's to request a loan. At his uncle's summer residence he meets Alice and falls in love with her. But before he can marry her he must first file for divorce. Alice discovers before he does that they are actually married and refuses the divorce. When everything is explained, uncle Kornel forgives his nephew, and Petr can finally live in happiness with his new wife Alice.

Cast

Hugo Haas

Petr Kornel alias Petr Suk

Adina Mandlová

ošetřovatelka Alice Machová

Karel Hašler

Petr Kornel, Petrův strýc

Milada Gampeová

hospodyně Barbora

Václav Trégl

Baltazar Souček, Petrův sluha

Ferdinand Hart

Remington, host u Petra Kornela

Božena Svobodová

Remingtonova manželka, host u Petra Kornela

Jaroslav Marvan

Durieux, host u Petra Kornela

Čeněk Šlégl

politý flamendr

Stanislav Neumann

komorník Filip

Antonín Vaverka

tajemník Petra Kornela

František Černý

věřitel pan Maděra

Emilie Nitschová

ošetřovatelka v sanatoriu

Jan W. Speerger

komorník Jakub

Bohdan Lachman

sluha u Petra Kornela

Josef Kotalík

hráč karet, host u Petra Kornela

Helena Monczáková

manželka hráče karet, host u Petra Kornela

Alois Dvorský

nemluvný pacient

Antonín Marlé

lékař-diagnostik

Karel Postranecký

lékař v sanatoriu MUDr. V. Vlach

Přemysl Pražský

oddávající úředník

Gina Hašler

koncipient u JUDr. Lišky

Táňa Kočová

písařka u JUDr. Lišky

František Říha

poštovní úředník

Josef Novák

věřitel

Karel Schleichert

pacient v čekárně

Bedřich Frank

zřízenec v nemocnici

Jaroslav Budil

rentgenolog

Dubbing

Martin Frič

hlas správce domu

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Martin Frič

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Titles Designed by

Martin Frič

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Šíma

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Mě to tady nebaví

Songwriter Jan Šíma
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Hugo Haas

Mně jeden pohled nestačí

Songwriter Jan Šíma
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Hugo Haas

Production info

Original Title

Ať žije nebožtík

Czech Title

Ať žije nebožtík

English Title

Long Live the Dearly Departed

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1935

Production Year

1935

Production specifications

date of censorship 02/1935

Premiere

premiere 8 February 1935 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adria /2 týdny/, Hollywood /2 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Meissner

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 495 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