Ducháček Will Fix It

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

3 June 1938

Runtime

2447 min

Director

Karel Lamač

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Ducháček to zařídí

Czech title

Ducháček to zařídí

English title

Ducháček Will Fix It

Summary

While creating his richly structured filmography during the 1930s, director Karel Lamač contributed substantially to Vlasta Burian’s successful acting career. This penultimate feature film made by the popular comedian and the successful filmmaker is a loose adaptation of Konto X (Account X), a play by Rudolf Österreicher. It tells the story of the profligate Rispaldic family, whose debts are constantly being attended to by lawyer Faukner. The admirer of the family’s daughter, the witty and devoted official Ducháček, is embodied by Burian. He both manages to save his boss and arrange the marriage of Faukner and his love, Julia. The lovers in this timeless First Republic comedy are portrayed by Ladislav Hemmer and Adina Mandlová. Mandlová also appears in the subsequent – and last – feature film made through a collaboration between Burian and Lamač, the comedy U pokladny stál… (He Stood at the Till…, 1939).

Synopsis

Mr Ducháček runs the law firm JUDr. Faukner in an eccentric, but thoroughly committed way. The firm is administering financial matters for the Rispaldic family. The members of this aristocratic family are all condescending towards their lawyer Faukner except for the daughter Julie, who is secretly in love with him. Nobody but Ducháček knows that the profligate family has no money left and that JUDr. Faukner is privately subsidising them because he loves Julie. Ducháček does not hesitate to work through the night to enumerate to his boss all the debts the family Rispaldic has. Under pressure from her mother Julie turns down the lawyer's marriage proposal, although she does admit she loves him. Faukner who is now out of money himself makes Ducháček to come up with 25,000 crowns himself to pay off a bill of exchange that Julie's brother fraudulently signed. Ducháček prepares an auction at the Rispaldics' manor house to raise the funds the family needs to pay off its debts. The banker Zamoski arrives, one of the Rispaldics' biggest creditors. The wily Ducháček makes Zamoski concede that a bill of exchange that the late admiral Rispaldic had allegedly signed years earlier is in fact a fake. The family thereby gets out of financial straits. The grateful family now has nothing against JUDr. Faukner's marrying Julie.

Note

The opening titles include shots of the members of the film crew and actors.

Film online

Cast

Vlasta Burian

ředitel advokátní kanceláře Jan Damián Ducháček

Ladislav Hemmer

advokát JUDr. Jiří Faukner, Ducháčkův šéf

Milada Gampeová

vdova po admirálovi Alžběta z Rispaldiců

Karel Máj

student agronomie Ervín, Alžbětin syn

Adina Mandlová

Julie, Alžbětina dcera

Čeněk Šlégl

korvetní kapitán v. v. Quido Krištofovič, Alžbětin otec

Jaroslav Marvan

advokát baron Kurt Bertrand

Jiřina Sedláčková

Helena, dcera barona Bertranda

Václav Trégl

rozvoduchtivý manžel Jan Rabas

Marie Blažková

Brigita, Rabasova žena

Theodor Pištěk

bankéř Ignác Zamoski

Karel Postranecký

komorník Vilém

Karel Němec

kastelán Dudek

Milka Balek-Brodská

sekretářka u Fauknera

Ferdinand Jarkovský

Kolomazník, koncipient u Fauknera

Václav Menger

věřitel Rispaldiců

Josef Oliak

věřitel Rispaldiců

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

věřitel Rispaldiců

Alois Dvorský

hospodář Josef Zmok, klient advokátní kanceláře

Elsa Vetešníková

Tuci, Rabasova milenka

Karel Lamač

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Václav Wasserman

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Otto Heller

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Jan Zázvorka

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Eman Fiala

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Josef Zora

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Václav Dražil

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Vratislav Innemann

on sám v úvodních titulcích

Commentary

Karel Jičínský

hlas čtoucí úvodní titulky

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Assistant Director

František Urbánek, Jindřich Adolf

Based on

Rudolf Oesterreicher (Konto X /Das Konto X/ – divadelní hra), Rudolf Bernauer (Konto X /Das Konto X/ – divadelní hra)

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Ervín Drexler

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Unit Production Manager

Vratislav Innemann

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Kdo ví co zítřek dá (valčík)

Songwriter

Eman Fiala (Kdo ví co zítřek dá)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Sternwald (Kdo ví co zítřek dá)

Singer

František Krištof-Veselý (Kdo ví co zítřek dá)

Production info

Original Title

Ducháček to zařídí

English Title

Ducháček Will Fix It

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

3 June 1938

Production

Metropolitan

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Metropolitan

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

2447 min

Versions

Czech