Girls, Stand Fast!

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

27 August 1937

Runtime

90 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Děvčata nedejte se!

Czech title

Děvčata nedejte se!

English title

Girls, Stand Fast!

Synopsis

Emanuel Pokorný lives in modest circumstances in a boarding house in the suburbs because he does not have a job. Roubal, a former fellow student, recommends Emanuel for the post of teacher at a provincial girl's boarding school. Single mother Lidka has found work and has asked her ex-lover and the father of the child, Jiří, to look after it for a few days. Jiří, who lives in the same boarding house as Emanuel, prizes his freedom and wants to get rid of the baby. So he puts it in Emanuel's bed and disappears. Emanuel, surprised, does not have time to go searching for the child's parents because he is busy looking after it. The next day he goes to the girls' school for an interview. Because of his spotless record, he gets the teaching job. He smuggles the baby secretly into his quarters in a basket. The students he teaches get the impression that he does not live alone. His secret is discovered by Vlasta who is secretly in love with Emanuel. The girls decide to help Emanuel. But the principal finds out about it and Emanuel is dismissed. At the last moment the baby's mother Lidka appears, and everything is explained. But Emanuel finds he cannot live without the baby, so he asks for Lidka's hand and she gladly accepts.

Note

The film was inspired by the French film Le Mioche, made in 1936 by the director Léonide Moguy. It is not clear how closely the films are related. Czech sources do not mention the connection. The information comes from the Catalogue des films français de long métrage 1929–1939 (Cinemathèque Royale de Belgique, 1975).

Film online

Cast

Hugo Haas

profesor Emanuel Pokorný

Adina Mandlová

žačka v internátě Vlasta

Erna Ženíšková

svobodná matka Lidka

Světla Svozilová

vychovatelka v internátě slečna Klotylda

Leopolda Dostalová

ředitelka dívčího internátu

Ladislav Boháč

Jiří, otec malé Jany

Jiří Dohnal

Karel, Jiřího přítel

Stanislav Neumann

podomek v penzionu Josef

Jan Pivec

Václav Roubal

Rudolf Deyl st.

rada Roubal, Václavův strýc

Milada Horutová

obuvníkova dcera

Vladimír Majer

zápasník pan Pápěrka, soused Pokorného

Milka Balek-Brodská

majitelka penzionu Straková

Jana Ženíšková

Janička, dcera Lidky

Karel Švanda

obchodník

Emil Dlesk

policejní komisař

Karel Veverka

zahradník

Sylva Langová

žačka M. 1

Zorka Janů

žačka B.

Julie Ženíšková

Machoňová, žačka W.

Grossová

žačka

Šetková

žačka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Dražil

Director of Photography

Otto Heller

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Pavel Podolier

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Julius Kalaš)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaroslav Mottl (Děvčata, nedejte se! – píseň)

Songs

Děvčata, nedejte se!

Songwriter Julius KalašJaroslav Mottl
Singer Jiřina Steimarovádívčí sbor

Production info

Original Title

Děvčata nedejte se!

Czech Title

Děvčata nedejte se!

English Title

Girls, Stand Fast!

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 07/1937

Premiere

premiere 27 August 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Avion /2 týdny/, Hollywood /2 týdny/ a Metro /1 týden/, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 558 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