Muted Lips

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

27 January 1939

Runtime

105 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Umlčené rty

Czech title

Umlčené rty

English title

Muted Lips

Working title

Pražské jezulátko

Synopsis

Young Hanička is left alone when her mother loses her memory after being knocked down by a car. The owner of the car, Mr Doucha, offers the mother a position as maid in his household once she recovers. Hanička is adopted by an organist and unsuccessful composer called Urban. Hanička falls ill. To raise the money for her treatment Urban publishes an oratorio he wrote years before with a friend. Before dying his friend had confirmed Urban's co-authorship of the work and expressed the wish that Urban publish it under his own name. The work makes Urban famous. Hanička grows up, studies at the conservatory and develops a crush on Zdeněk, the brother of her friend Vlasta Douchová. Urban's pupil Viktor Zach woos Hanička but is politely turned away. He then claims the oratorio is not Urban's work. The dispute about the composition makes it onto the pages of the press. Urban wrongly assumes Zach is the author of the newspaper article. Vlasta visits Viktor and everything is settled. Arrangements are being made for Hanička's wedding with Zdeněk. Mr Doucha's maid, known as auntie Tonička, witnesses a car accident and the shock of the experience restores her memory. She finds out Hanička is her daughter but on the advice of Father Methodius she keeps her relationship secret. But she is the first to wish her well at the wedding.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

varhaník Šimon Urban

Ella Nollová

varhaníkova žena

Eva Matoušková

Hanička, adoptovaná dcera Urbanových

Jiří Steimar

ředitel Rudolf Doucha

Jiřina Sedláčková

Vlasta, Douchova dcera

Vilém Pruner

Zdeněk, Douchův syn

Anna Letenská

teta Tonička, matka Haničky

Betty Kysilková

Marie Nováková, bytná

Bedřich Veverka

hudebník Jaroslav Doležal

Bohuš Záhorský

páter Method

Vladimír Borský

Viktor Zach, Urbanův žák

Jan Klos (2)

redaktor

R. A. Dvorský

hudební nakladatel

Karel Šott

Urbanův přítel

Sylva Kratinová

Musil

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Kratina

Screenstory

Josef Trojan

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Bohumil Vích

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Dol Dauber

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/)

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Dol Dauber)

Songs

Hvězdu svou jedinou v dáli mám

Song Composer Dol Dauber
Writer of Lyrics Jan Kaplan
Singer Eva Matoušková

Bodláčí, bodláčí

Song Composer Dol Dauber
Writer of Lyrics Jan Kaplan
Singer Jiřina SedláčkováVilém Pruner

Production info

Original Title

Umlčené rty

Czech Title

Umlčené rty

English Title

Muted Lips

Working Title

Pražské jezulátko

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

start of filming 15 December 1938
end of filming 28 December 1938
date of censorship 01/1939
projection approval 11/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 12. 1947)

Premiere

premiere 27 January 1939 /suitable for youths/ (kina Letka /1 týden/ a Metro /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 22 December 1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Dafa (původní 1939), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

105 min

Original length in metres

3 000 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