The Wife Smells a Rat

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

14 October 1938

Runtime

79 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Manželka něco tuší

Czech title

Manželka něco tuší

English title

The Wife Smells a Rat

Synopsis

Elderly counsellor-at-law Křelina is an enemy of all nature-lovers, preferring the comfort of his armchair. After an argument with his wife he finds himself among hikers who take him out on an excursion. His sojourn in the open countryside completely changes him. In order to be able to enjoy the outdoor life uninterrupted, Křelina feigns illness and tells his wife that he has to go off to a spa. In reality he is out sitting round camp fires with the hikers. He befriends Jiří who, unbeknown to him, loves his daughter Věra. Although the young couple are in love, Mrs Křelinová considers her right-hand man, Mr Vaňous, to be her daughter's official suitor. On Vaňous's advice, Mrs Křelinová sets off to visit her husband at the spa, also to check up on him. When she discovers that she has been deceived, she makes some investigations with Mr Vaňous and soon finds out that Věra has been meeting Jiří in secret at a cottage and that her husband is also one of the hikers. She is most surprised, however, by the change in her husband. He has become the energetic man she had always longed for, thus she forgives him for his little deception. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made)

Note

Only part of the film has survived. In 2004, a torsion of two scenes with a length of 90 meters was found: Counsellor Křelina is lying in bed and Anežka's maid warns him of his wife's anger. Friend doctor Šmejkal claims that Mrs. Křelinová says that her husband is seriously ill.

Cast

Jára Kohout

rada Tomáš Křelina zvaný strýc Tom, majitel domu

Růžena Šlemrová

Křelinova žena

Zita Kabátová

Věra, dcera Křelinových

Anna Letenská

služka u Křelinových Anežka

Jára Pospíšil

právník Jiří Netolický

Bedřich Veverka

vrchní tajemník Vaňous

Alois Dvorský

ševcovský mistr Drbohlav

Jarka Pižla

Frank, ševcův syn

Betty Kysilková

pradlena Vyskočilová

Jiřina Sedláčková

Máňa, dcera Vyskočilové

Ludvík Letenský

holič Lojza

Jaroslav Marvan

MUDr. Šmejkal

Marie Oliaková

žena na schodech

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Kratina

Director of Photography

Míla Vích

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

František Navrátil

Music

Music Composed by

Sláva Mach

Music Performed by

Orchestr Harryho Ostena

Songs

Mně stačí jen nepatrná maličkost (valčík)

Songwriter Sláva Mach
Writer of Lyrics Jan KaplanBedřich Šulc
Singer Pěvecký kvartet Kansas Bedřicha Kertena

Svorně k cíli (pochod)

Songwriter Sláva Mach
Writer of Lyrics Jan KaplanBedřich Šulc
Singer Pěvecký kvartet Kansas Bedřicha Kertena

Tmou mé sny jdou (tango)

Songwriter Sláva Mach
Writer of Lyrics Jan KaplanBedřich Šulc
Singer Pěvecký kvartet Kansas Bedřicha Kertena

Production info

Original Title

Manželka něco tuší

Czech Title

Manželka něco tuší

English Title

The Wife Smells a Rat

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 10/1938

Premiere

premiere 14 October 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Ráj /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Excelsiorfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Distribution

Excelsiorfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

79 min

Original length in metres

2 245 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