The Doll

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Panenka

Runtime

90 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

31.03.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Robert Land

Synopsis

The young Věra accepts an offer from her friend Kajetán who has arranged for her to work in Dominik's puppet factory. She enchants her employer so much that he falls in love with her. Dominik's mother takes note of her son's interest in the girl and immediately has her fired. Kajetán, who works in the studio of Výr the sculptor where mechanical puppets are made for commercial promotion, asks Věra for help. He wants her to pretend to be a puppet since his was damaged just before it was to go on show. Věra agrees to take up the challenge. Věra's acting skills are so convincing that Mrs Dominik shows great interest in the mechanical puppet and she urges Kajetán to organise a promotional tour of the Republic. Věra thus has to continue her "role" and finds herself in various awkward situations during the course of the tour. A misunderstanding leads to the arrest of Kajetán and the innocent Dominik in Karlovy Vary, while Věra manages to escape. In the end, however, everything is explained, the invention is finally ready and robot no.2 - the real one this time - wishes Věra and Dominik, who are now engaged, best wishes for the future.

Cast

Ferenc Futurista

strážník Bedřich Vrba

Milada Gampeová

manželka strážníka Vrby

Jiří Dohnal

Kajetán, syn Vrbových

Věra Ferbasová

Věra, podnájemnice u Vrbů

Josef Gruss

továrník Antonín Dominik

Milka Balek-Brodská

továrníkova matka Adéla Dominiková

Zdeněk Hora

sochař Jaroslav Výr

Ljuba Hermanová

sochařova přítelkyně Hella

Světla Svozilová

redaktorka Maryna Tečková

Stanislav Neumann

detektiv Liška

Eman Fiala

účetní Bonifác Žalud

Máňa Hanková

operetní hvězda

Theodor Pištěk

vrchní policejní komisař

František Kreuzmann

podvodník James Robber alias Petr Dostál

Jan W. Speerger

podvodník Joe Cheat alias Moučka

Gabriel Hart

podvodník Jim Cheat alias Moučka

Alois Dvorský

zlodějíček

Jiří Hron

kominík

Josef Příhoda

vrátný v hotelu

Eliška Jílková

zaměstnankyně u Dominiků

Jaroslav Bráška

obchodník

Alfred Baštýř

obchodník

Jarmila Zezulková

sekretářka redaktorky Tečkové

František Vlček

hotelový sluha

F. X. Mlejnek

hotelový sluha

Jindřich Láznička

hotelový sluha

Štefan Munk

číšník v Karlových Varech

Viktor Socha

číšník

Crew and creators

Director

Robert Land

Screenstory

Jan Grmela

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Gina Hašler

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Unit Production Manager

Josef Zezulka

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš

Songs

Žena-robot, Jsem panen prototyp

Songwriter

Jára Beneš (Žena-robot), Jára Beneš (Jsem panen prototyp)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Grmela (Žena-robot), Jan Grmela (Jsem panen prototyp)

Singer

Máňa Hanková (Žena-robot), Věra Ferbasová (Žena-robot), Věra Ferbasová (Jsem panen prototyp)

Production info

Original Title

Panenka

English Title

The Doll

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

31.03.1938

Production

Metropolitan

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Metropolitan

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

90 min

Versions

Czech