The False Pussycat

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

Long

Czech title

Falešná kočička

Runtime

104

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

06.08.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Slavínský

Summary

This 1937 film from director Vladimír Slavínský is the second film to be based on an eponymous play by Josef Skružný – the first was directed by Svatopluk Innemann in 1926. But whereas the former comedy film was silent, this 1930s effort is a talkie. Once again, the central character is a doctor who seeks to marry a common woman. The doctor also has an admirer, a love-struck woman posing as a commoner to gain his affections. Jára Kohout takes over Vlasta Burian’s former role as drifter Pleticha, who teaches our heroine Míla (played by Věra Ferbasová) an entirely different set of manners. Housekeeper Amálka, who helps the factory owner’s daughter to attain her goal, is played – as in the silent original – by Antonie Nedošinská. Oldřich Nový offers a refined performance as our cock-eyed hero, passing himself off as Mr. Higgins from Pygmalion, while teaching the “common girl” acceptable social mores. (In the 1938 German-language version, Die Falsche Katze, directed by Carl Boese, this part went to Rolf Wanka.)

Synopsis

A fortune-teller forecasts for Dr. Přelouč that he will marry the third poverty-stricken little girl he meets. Míla, the daughter of factory owner Janota, likes the doctor and with the aid of his housekeeper Amálka she insinuates herself into his household in the disguise of a poor seller of shoe-laces. She has prepared for her role beforehand by surveying the outskirts of the city where she met Vendelín Pleticha, who became her guide to the local pubs and teacher of the people's speech. Dr. Přelouč is inspired by the poor, uneducated girl and tries to teach her the rudiments of societal behaviour, even literary language. Everything goes along until the moment he finds out that Míla is tricking him and that Pleticha is not the father she has passed him off to be. The doctor's closest friend Chládek, a well-known sportsman and the idol of young girl's hearts, learns that Míla is the daughter of an industrialist and he proposes to her. This, however, has aroused the jealousy of Dr. Přelouč, who realizes that he really does love the young woman and marries her.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Svatopluk Innemann, 1926).

Cast

Věra Ferbasová

Míla Janotová

Karel Jičínský

továrník Janota, Mílin otec

Oldřich Nový

MUDr.Vladimír Přelouč

Antonie Nedošinská

hospodyně Amálka

František Krištof-Veselý

tenisový šampion Petr Chládek

Jára Kohout

Vendelín Pleticha

Lída Sudová

kartářka

Fanča Foltová

sestra v sanatoriu

Iža Lechnýřová

děvče z periferie

Jindra Hermanová

pacientka MUDr.Přelouče Hilda Klímová

Antonín Brych

harmonikář

Alois Dvorský

vetešník

Oldřich Kovář

zpěvák z periferie

Alois Peterka

lékař v sanatoriu

Jan W. Speerger

kasař Karel Prejza

Emanuel Kovařík

frajer z periferie

F. X. Mlejnek

obyvatel periferie

Marie Popelková

obyvatelka periferie

Slávka Doležalová

Ferdova dívka

Růžena Pokorná

obyvatelka periferie

František Haller

obyvatel periferie

Nita Romanečová

obyvatelka periferie

Josef Kotalík

policejní inspektor Šplíchal

Jiří Hron

lékař v sanatoriu

Marie Oliaková

starší pacientka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Based on

Josef Skružný (Falešná kočička – divadelní hra)

Camera

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský (Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal)

Songs

Falešná kočičko, Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal

Songwriter

Josef Stelibský (Falešná kočičko)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Melíšek (Falešná kočičko), Vladimír Slavínský (Falešná kočičko), Karel Melíšek (Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal), Vladimír Slavínský (Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal)

Singer

Věra Ferbasová (Falešná kočičko), sbor (Falešná kočičko), Věra Ferbasová [dab] (Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal), sbor (Kdyby tak Pán Bůh dal)

Production info

Original Title

Falešná kočička

English Title

The False Pussycat

Kategorie

Film

Typology

feature

Žánr

comedy

Země původu

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

06.08.1937

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Lenght

Long

Runtime

104

Versions

Czech