Gossips

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

27 September 1938

Runtime

90 min

Director

Hugo Haas

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Co se šeptá

Czech title

Co se šeptá

English title

Gossips

Synopsis

On a park bench one gossip tells another the story of a young man who has just walked by. Years before, his mother Helena had been a beautiful and gifted student of singing. Her platonic lover was Vilém, fellow student and son of a bodice manufacturer and salesman. After a graduation party at the Conservatory Martin frivolously seduced Helena. The next day he went to Paris and left no word of himself at all. The girl was horrified to find out she was pregnant. She therefore welcomed Vilem's gallant proposal of marriage. Eight years passed. Vilém was by then successfully managing his factory, he adored his son Ivan as his own, and Helena loved her husband. But then Martin came back. He yearned for Helena and suspected Ivan was his son. Helena resisted Martin's courtship and Ivan instinctively hated his "uncle". One evening, before Martin was to leave, they had some champagne. When Vilém went to bed, drunken Martin embraced Helena. Ivan happened to see this and told Vilém. The latter generously offered liberty to his wife. Helena refused, because she loved her husband. The gossips are tearful at the touching story. A pensioner on the next bench observes: "Everything passes, only gossips are eternal."

Cast

Jiřina Štěpničková

Helena Horáková

Hugo Haas

Vilém Gregor, Helenin muž

Ríša Novák

Helenin synek Ivan

Karel Veverka

výrobce šněrovaček, Vilémův otec

Saša Rašilov

penzista

František Roland

zahradník Šebor

Jozef Budský

hudebník Rudolf Martin

K. Meinhardt

ředitel Stavovského divadla Angelo Neumann

Jiří Vondrovič

student Růžička

Stanislav Neumann

student Krištůfek

František Paul

student Nečas

Eva Prchlíková

studentka Klára

Marie Blažková

Nána, Ivanova chůva

Fanda Mrázek

zpěvák v kabaretu

František Černý

čalouník Skutecký

Elsa Vetešníková

uklízečka

Karel Jičínský

sekretář Stavovského divadla

Jaroslava Vacková

Helenina teta

Fráňa Vajner

listonoš

Rudolf Vašíček

pianista korepetitor

Marie Ježková

teta Ema

Eliška Jílková

teta Klotylda

Karel Černý

sluha u Gregorů Jerolím

Elena Hálková

prodavačka u Gregorů

Antonín Bulík

princ Lobkovic

Alena Koukolíčková

zákaznice u Gregorů

Marie Bibikoffová

studentka Lída

Vilém Prokop Mlejnek

student kytarista a čelista

Hanuš Süskind

student a klavírista Karel

Dagmar Vondrová

studentka Julie

Crew and creators

Director

Hugo Haas

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Screenstory

Hugo Haas

Screenplay

Hugo Haas

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Titles Designed by

Afit

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Branberger (Jsou dívčí ústa rajská zahrada – píseň), Jan Branberger

Singer

Fanda Mrázek (Jsou dívčí ústa rajská zahrada – píseň), sbor (Loučení, loučení – píseň), František Černý (Za jeden krásný pohled tvůj – píseň)

Production info

Original Title

Co se šeptá

English Title

Gossips

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

27 September 1938

Production

Lloyd

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lloyd

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

90 min

Versions

Czech