Gossips

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

27 September 1938

Runtime

90 min

Director

Hugo Haas

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

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

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

Karel Jičínský

sekretář Stavovského divadla

Jaroslava Vacková

Helenina teta

Rudolf Vašíček

pianista korepetitor

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

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Camera Operator

Václav Huňka

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Costume Designer

Václav Sejček (kostýmy Jiřiny Štěpničkové)

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Titles Designed by

Afit

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Branberger

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Jan Branberger)

Songs

Jsou dívčí ústa rajská zahrada

Song Composer Jan Branberger
Singer Fanda Mrázek

Loučení, loučení

Singer sbor

Za jeden krásný pohled tvůj

Singer František Černý

Production info

Original Title

Co se šeptá

Czech Title

Co se šeptá

English Title

Gossips

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

start of filming 19 July 1938
end of filming 10 August 1938
date of censorship 09/1938
projection approval 22 November 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 22. 11. 1946)
projection approval 2 October 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 22. 5. 1947)
projection approval 1947 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 27 September 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /2 týdny/ a Hvězda /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 1 December 1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Lloyd

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lloyd (původní 1938), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 560 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