A Hearth Without a Fire

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

26 March 1937

Runtime

89 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Krb bez ohně

Czech title

Krb bez ohně

English title

A Hearth Without a Fire

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

Robert Vyhlídka

syn Kodymových

Emil Dlesk

taxikář

Karel Němec

zřízenec v obřadní síni

Alois Peterka

impresário Majer

Helena Postránecká (2)

syn Eleny a Jiřího

Dol Dauber

houslista

Otto Sattler

druhý houslista

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Dražil

Based on

Maryna Radoměrská (Krb bez ohně – román)

Director of Photography

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

Songwriter Dol Dauber
Writer of Lyrics Daisy Jelenová
Singer Marie Grossová

Ukolébavka

Songwriter Dol Dauber
Writer of Lyrics Daisy Jelenová
Singer Hana VítováR. A. Dvorský

Production info

Original Title

Krb bez ohně

Czech Title

Krb bez ohně

English Title

A Hearth Without a Fire

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 03/1937
projection approval 29 November 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 29. 11. 1946)
projection approval 5 November 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 5. 11. 1947)

Premiere

premiere 26 March 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Apollo /1½ týdne/, Juliš /1 týden/ a Metro /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 12/1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Dafa (původní 1937), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 546 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