Grounds for Divorce

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

20 August 1937

Runtime

92 min

Director

Karel Lamač

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Důvod k rozvodu

Czech title

Důvod k rozvodu

English title

Grounds for Divorce

Synopsis

Composer Pavel Bertl is a drunkard and gambler who manages over a few years to gamble away all the family property. Werner, a lawyer, follows the unhappy life of Pavel's wife Helena and suggests she get a divorce. Helena, however, still loves Pavel and refuses. Werner thus convinces Pavel to set a trap for Helena which would prove Pavel's infidelity. They involve Anna Plavcová in their plans, a girl Helena had got to know at the pawnbrokers when the latter was pawning her last piece of jewellery. Anna and Pavel go off to the mountains together accompanied by Špargl who is to photograph them in a compromising situation. Špargl does his job and the photograph fulfils its aim. Helena divorces Pavel. The whole affair ends badly for Anna, whose boyfriend, the illusionist Skála, leaves her as well. After the divorce, Anna confesses to Helena that the photograph was a set-up and that Pavel had not been unfaithful to her. Helena forgives Pavel and Skála also realises that Anna had not betrayed him. Both couples then begin making wedding plans.

Cast

Anny Ondráková

Anna Plavcová

Oldřich Nový

hudební skladatel Pavel Bertl

Adina Mandlová

Helena, Bertlova žena

Jindřich Plachta

Jan, Helenin bratr

Theodor Pištěk

advokát JUDr.Werner

Jára Kohout

úředník František Špargl

Otomar Korbelář

kouzelník Jack Sheridan alias Skála

Ela Šárková

pokojská v hotelu

Václav Trégl

exekutor Petera

Jaroslav Marvan

ředitel zastavárny

Václav Menger

soudní sluha

Alois Dvorský

soudní zapisovatel

Jindřich Láznička

úředník ve svatební kanceláři

Svatopluk Innemann

zastavárník

Jan W. Speerger

zastavárník

Václav Dražil

zastavárník

Jiří Hron

číšník v jídelním voze

Karel Němec

vrátný v hotelu Viktoria

František Černý

vrchní na Orlí boudě

Emil Dlesk

stěhovák

Antonín Jirsa

stěhovák

Filip Balek-Brodský

pokladník v herně

Ota Motyčka

návštěvník herny

Marie Holanová

návštěvník herny

Robert Ford

návštěvník herny

Josef Oliak

návštěvník herny

Marie Oliaková

návštěvnice herny

Gill Sedláčková

návštěvnice herny

Alfred Baštýř

návštěvník herny

Michel Elaguine

návštěvník herny

Lída Vosyková

tanečnice v baru

Alice Nová

dáma u soudu

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Assistant Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Karl Bachmann (Der Spieler – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Otto Heller

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Vladimír Kabelík

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Jiří FialaJára Beneš)

Songs

Dobrá rada milencům

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Václav ŠpilarVáclav Mírovský
Singer Anny Ondrákováženský sbor

Loučení

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Karel TobisVáclav MírovskýVáclav Špilar
Singer Oldřich Nový

Production info

Original Title

Důvod k rozvodu

Czech Title

Důvod k rozvodu

English Title

Grounds for Divorce

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

start of filming 11 January 1937
end of filming 13 February 1937
date of censorship 04/1937

Premiere

premiere 20 August 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Juliš /2 týdny/, Metro /1 týden/ a Světozor /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Moldavia

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Moldavia

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

92 min

Original length in metres

2 610 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