The Doll

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

31 March 1938

Runtime

90 min

Director

Robert Land

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Panenka

Czech title

Panenka

English title

The Doll

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

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

Orchestr F.O.K.

orchestr v divadle

Crew and creators

Director

Robert Land

Screenstory

Jan Grmela

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

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

Songs

Žena-robot

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Jan Grmela
Singer Máňa HankováVěra Ferbasová

Jsem panen prototyp

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Jan Grmela
Singer Věra Ferbasová

Production info

Original Title

Panenka

Czech Title

Panenka

English Title

The Doll

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 03/1938

Premiere

premiere 31 March 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /2 týdny/ a Máj /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Metropolitan

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Metropolitan

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 551 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