Mother-Hen

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

24 September 1937

Runtime

96 min

Director

Hugo Haas

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kvočna

Czech title

Kvočna

English title

Mother-Hen

Synopsis

Anna Svojanová - grandmother, mother, and mother-in-law - is known to her family as Kvočna (Mother-hen), because everyone goes to her with their sorrows and joys. Her eldest daughter Míla decides to divorce her husband Jiří so she may marry her new love, the member of parliament Topol. Míla's daughter Věra is at boarding school. The other daughter of Mother-hen, Olga, looks after her formerly ill husband Petr so diligently that she destroys the whole of his love and he divorce her. Petr and Jiří maintain good relations with their former mother-in-law. Věra and her friend Katynka are expelled from the boarding school on account of their modern ideas. On the train they meet Ivan, who asks Věra out on a date. At the station a woman with three children is there to meet Ivan. Nevertheless Věra goes out with him because she is in love with him. Their relationship, however, is not without its repercussions and Věra, who believes her lover to be married, leaves to go abroad without giving him a forwarding address. After a time she writes Mother-hen that she has a son. Jiří meets Katynka and after a while they marry. Katynka, now Věra's step-mother, looks for Ivan Musil's family. It comes out that the woman at the station was his sister. Věra may return home to the arms of her future husband.

Cast

Růžena Nasková

Anna Svojanová zvaná Kvočna

Světla Svozilová

Olga, dcera Svojanové

Jiřina Šejbalová

Míla, dcera Svojanové

Rudolf Deyl st.

kancléř, přítel Svojanové

Truda Grosslichtová

Věra, dcera Míly

František Smolík

Jiří Ventura, první muž Míly

Jiří Steimar

poslanec Jaroslav Topol, druhý muž Míly

Otto Rubík

Pavel Klenka, třetí muž Míly

Vítězslav Boček

Petr Tůma, první muž Olgy

Petr Lotar

spisovatel Jan Průša, druhý muž Olgy

Adina Mandlová

Katynka Svatá, přítelkyně Věry

Antonie Nedošinská

hospodyně u Svojanové Kadla

Karel Petr Adam

dr. Ivan Musil

Jan W. Speerger

Ivanův bratr Břetislav

Zita Kabátová

Břetislavova žena

Milada Horutová

služka u Svojanové Madla

Hermína Vojtová

ředitelka dívčího penzionátu

Majva Červená

dívka v penzionátu

Erna Ženíšková

dívka v penzionátu

Marie Bibikoffová

dívka v penzionátu

Milena Velíšková

dívka v penzionátu

Olga Brožová

dívka v penzionátu

Štorchová

dívka v penzionátu

Crew and creators

Director

Hugo Haas

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

Edmond Konrád (Kvočna – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Vilém Taraba

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Pavel Haas

Production info

Original Title

Kvočna

Czech Title

Kvočna

English Title

Mother-Hen

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 09/1937

Premiere

premiere 24 September 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Fénix /2 týdny/ a Lucerna /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

96 min

Original length in metres

2 720 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Filmová cena země České

1938
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Růžena Nasková