Girl or Boy?

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

3 February 1939

Runtime

102 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Holka nebo kluk?

Czech title

Holka nebo kluk?

English title

Girl or Boy?

Working title

Kluk nebo holka? / Holka neb kluk

Synopsis

Three unsuccessful marriages have made of estate-owner Orlický an enemy of women. He pressures his employees, even nephew Ríša who lives with him, into bachelorhood. Later, when he finds out that Ríša has met a young girl, Orlický thinks about a more suitable heir. The estate owner sees in the newspaper a photograph of Ada Bártů, dancer and singer. He thinks that this could be the son of his sister, who at one time married against their parents' wishes. Consequently he sends his secretary, Kropáček, to Prague. He ascertains that this actually does concern the offspring of Orlický's sister and that this offspring even has a business school, but unfortunately it is a girl. Ada only presents herself in men's clothing in the theatre. Ada makes Kropáček take her dressed in men's clothing with him. The uncle believes that she is a boy, but Ada soon has some difficulties with her disguise as she has fallen in love with Ríša. The deception is soon seen through and Ríša returns Ada's feelings. The uncle, who has grown fond of Ada, eventually reconciles with everyone, especially when the young couple promise him that their child will call him grandfather.

Cast

Adina Mandlová

Ada Bártů

Theodor Pištěk

statkář Jaroslav Orlický, strýc Ady

Václav Trégl

Anatol Kropáček, tajemník Orlického

Růžena Šlemrová

statkářka Jindřiška Lenská

Raoul Schránil

Ríša, syn paní Lenské

Nina Strnadová-Jarková

Anička, dcera paní Lenské

Bedřich Veverka

dr. Viktor Zeman

Ferenc Futurista

komorník Alois

Fanča Foltová

Emča Kučerová, Ríšova snoubenka

Ota Motyčka

sluha Emil

Vladimír Štros

řidič Ferda

František Kabeláč

boxer Gusta Brož

Eduard Šimáček

inspicient Špaček

Jaroslav Tryzna

zřízenec

Josef Fuksa

taneční duo

Iška Košťálová

taneční duo

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Josef Stelibský)

Songs

Dejte si radit (slow-fox)

Song Composer Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer Adina Mandlovádívčí sbor

Běží liška k Táboru

Singer Václav Trégl

Production info

Original Title

Holka nebo kluk?

Czech Title

Holka nebo kluk?

English Title

Girl or Boy?

Working Title

Kluk nebo holka? / Holka neb kluk

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

start of filming 9 December 1938
end of filming 22 December 1938
date of censorship 01/1939
date of censorship 04/1940
date of censorship 7 August 1942
date of censorship 1943 (predikát „lidově vzdělavatelský film“)
withdrawal from distribution 18 May 1945

Premiere

premiere 3 February 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Amerika /2 týdny/ a Juliš /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Slavia-film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Laboratories

AB

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

102 min

Original length in metres

2 905 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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Anketa deníku Večer – O nejlepší český film roku 1939 a o nejoblíbenější českou filmovou herečku a herce

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia