A Hearth Without a Fire

melodrama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Krb bez ohně

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

26.03.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Špelina

Synopsis

Millioner Elena Kodymová and Jiří, the son of the landowner Kristenová, would like to marry. His mother does not consent and Jiří, upset, leaves home and is involved in an auto accident. Before he dies he asks his brother Vilém to look after the pregnant Elena. Vilém keeps his promise. During the wedding ceremony he does not even glance at Elena and therefore he does not know what the girl looks like. Immediately after the ceremony has finished he disappears and Elena leaves to the residence of Habrov, which Jiří has bequeathed her. Waiting for her there is her harsh mother-in-law. Elena gives birth to a boy. When she discovers that her mother-in-law has taken the baby to her place, she has a break down. Doctor Vaněk in vain beseeches Mrs. Kristenová to return the baby. After recuperating Elena travels to Prague to see a lawyer for advice on how she can get her baby back. On the way there she meets a man whom she recognizes as her husband. However, she reveals nothing to him. Vilém falls in love with the beautiful Elena. The mother, who in the meantime has grown fond of Elena, persuades her son to begin living with the girl. So Vilém visits Elena and recognizes her for the woman with whom he has fallen in love.

Cast

Marta Májová

Miroslava Kristenová

R. A. Dvorský

bankéř Vilém, syn Kristenové

Jiří Dohnal

Jiří, syn Kristenové

Theodor Pištěk

holič Jindřich Kodym

Marie Ptáková

Matylda, Kodymova žena

Hana Vítová

modistka Elena Kodymová

Míla Reymonová

herečka Věra Heranová

Bedřich Veverka

Robert Záhora, bratranec Viléma

Zvonimir Rogoz

MUDr.Vaněk

Raoul Schránil

správce z Dubinek Antonín Petrák

Ella Nollová

hospodyně paní Bártlová

Stanislav Neumann

sekretář u Kristenů Novák

Jiří Hron

řidič Kvapil

Marie Grossová

zpěvačka

Karel Postranecký

oddávající úředník

Drahomíra Hůrková

kloboučnice

Robert Vyhlídka

syn Kodymových

Emil Dlesk

taxikář

Karel Němec

zřízenec v obřadní síni

Alois Peterka

impresário Majer

Dol Dauber

houslista

Otto Sattler

druhý houslista

Helena Postránecká (2)

syn Eleny a Jiřího

Crew and creators

Based on

Maryna Radoměrská (Krb bez ohně – román)

Camera

Jan Roth

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Jan Petera

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Music

Music Composed by

Dol Dauber

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Krb bez ohně, Ukolébavka

Songwriter

Dol Dauber (Krb bez ohně), Dol Dauber (Ukolébavka)

Writer of Lyrics

Daisy Jelenová (Krb bez ohně), Daisy Jelenová (Ukolébavka)

Singer

Marie Grossová (Krb bez ohně), Hana Vítová (Ukolébavka), R. A. Dvorský (Ukolébavka)

Production info

Original Title

Krb bez ohně

English Title

A Hearth Without a Fire

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

26.03.1937

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech