A Foolish Girl

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

18 November 1938

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Bláhové děvče

Czech title

Bláhové děvče

English title

A Foolish Girl

Synopsis

The first operetta of young composer Joneš is a failure owing to cheap staging and poor casting. The disappointed man is given encouragement from his friend from the conservatory, Verona Králová, who likewise must lower her dreams and makes her living as a theatre pianist. But Joneš owes his uncle 10,000 crowns and is even bound to his cousin Lidla who supported him during his studies and is secretly in love with him. Verona, whom Joneš asks about selling a precious brooch, finds out that it is actually a cheap imitation and she gives the unsuspecting man her entire dowry for it. She encourages him to continue with his work; their relationship deepens and it is heading towards marriage. During a visit to Prague Lidla discovers that Joneš loves another woman and after her return home she becomes seriously ill. The uncle persuades the young man to return to his estate. Verona in the meantime pays a visit to the new director of the theatre and sings for him Joneš's songs. The work is accepted, and Verona is engaged for the main role. The excited young woman gives the director a kiss on the cheek and Joneš out of jealousy refuses any explanation and leaves for Lidla. After a while they marry. The day the premi re is taking place Lidla gives birth to Joneš's child. Verona finds satisfaction in her work as an actress and her new relationship with the theatre's director.

Cast

Vladimír Borský

skladatel Michal Joneš

Hana Vítová

klavíristka Verona Králová

Pavla Stolzová

Veronina matka

Bohuš Záhorský

Oldřich Rybín, úředník exportní firmy Iron

Zita Kabátová

Albína, Rybínova žena a Veronina sestra

Alena Pospíšilová

Eva, dcera Rybínových

Jaroslav Marvan

Kosina, Jonešův strýc a poručník

Zdenka Sulanová

Lidla, Kosinova dcera

Jiří Plachý

nový ředitel divadla Heřman

Karel Veverka

starý ředitel divadla

Theodor Pištěk

vrátný v divadle

František Paul

tajemník divadla

František Kreuzmann

ředitel továrny Iron Pavlát

Betty Kysilková

řečná sousedka

Jiří Hron

telefonista u firmy Iron

František Šašek

operetní tenor Tino Sádlo

Mařenka Zieglerová

Sádlova partnerka v operetě

Jára Pospíšil

zpěvák v operetě Bláhové děvče

Jaroslav Bráška

divák s kukátkem

Josef Hořánek

disponent firmy Iron

Jan Černý

klenotník

F. X. Mlejnek

zaměstnanec divadla

Robert Ford

divák na premiéře

Ladislav Janeček

vrchní číšník

Viktor Socha

číšník

Eliška Slancová

tanečnice

Setleři

pěvecký sbor

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Štrup

Based on

Maryna Radoměrská (Kroky v mlze – román)

Director of Photography

Bohumil Vích

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

František Morávek

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský (Buď dneska nebo zítra)

Songs

Chci žít a jenom tebe milovat (waltz)

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Bedřich ŠulcBedřich Wermuth
Singer Hana VítováJára Pospíšil

Tvé mládí je jak vzácný květ

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Bedřich ŠulcBedřich Wermuth
Singer František ŠašekMařenka Zieglerová

Jen jednu touhu mám (tango)

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Bedřich ŠulcBedřich Wermuth
Singer Vladimír BorskýHana Vítová

Buď dneska nebo zítra (fox)

Music Composed by Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Bedřich ŠulcBedřich Wermuth
Singer Vladimír Borský

Production info

Original Title

Bláhové děvče

Czech Title

Bláhové děvče

English Title

A Foolish Girl

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 10/1938
projection approval 10/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 30. 8. 1946)
projection approval 08/1946 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 18 November 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Máj /2 týdny/ a Ráj /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 19 October 1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

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

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 798 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Visatone

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech