Muted Lips

melodrama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Umlčené rty

Runtime

105 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

27.01.1939

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Špelina

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

Julius Baťha

lékař

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jiří Kratina

Screenstory

Josef Trojan

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Production Manager

Arthur Feist

Music

Music Composed by

Dol Dauber

Selected Music

Bedřich Smetana (Prodaná nevěsta /Věrné naše milování/)

Songs

Hvězdu svou jedinou v dáli mám, Bodláčí, bodláčí

Songwriter

Dol Dauber (Hvězdu svou jedinou v dáli mám), Dol Dauber (Bodláčí, bodláčí)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Kaplan (Hvězdu svou jedinou v dáli mám), Jan Kaplan (Bodláčí, bodláčí)

Singer

Eva Matoušková (Hvězdu svou jedinou v dáli mám), Jiřina Sedláčková (Bodláčí, bodláčí), Vilém Pruner (Bodláčí, bodláčí)

Production info

Original Title

Umlčené rty

English Title

Muted Lips

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

27.01.1939

Production

Dafa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Dafa

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

105 min

Versions

Czech