A Little Schoolgirl

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

22 December 1939

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Žabec

Czech title

Žabec

English title

A Little Schoolgirl

Synopsis

Táňa Čepeláková lives happily six years in a girls boarding school among cheerful friends. The young friend of her father's, Rudolf Kolínský, wants to marry her but Táňa stubbornly rejects him. She does not want to return home because she is convinced that her father's second wife is a pernicious step-mother. Curiosity, however, gets the better of her and Táňa decides to enter her parent's service under an assumed name. She goes to a friend of her mother, Mrs. Ebrmanová, who, though she supports Táňa's plan, has secretly made an agreement beforehand with her parents, who would like to bring Táňa to her senses. Táňa takes up employment as the attendant to her step-mother. When she overhears her step-mother arranging a rendezvous with Rudolf, she decides to take action and to come undercover to the designated spot. She is surprised when Rudolf recognises her. Táňa's parents continue to play their game with her and they do not want to acknowledge her, until Mrs. Ebrmanová brings the whole play-acting to a happy end. From a schoolgirl Táňa becomes Rudolf's bride. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

Only part of the film has survived.

Cast

Věra Ferbasová

Táňa Čepeláková

Theodor Pištěk

velkoobchodník Ivan Čepelák, Tánin otec

Zita Kabátová

Magda Čepeláková, Tánina nevlastní matka

Raoul Schránil

Rudolf Kolínský

Zdeňka Baldová

vdova Ebrmanová

Marie Pilská

majitelka dívčího penzionátu Ubalda Harasová

František Paul

zahradník a vrátný v penzionátu Vojtěch

Věra Bartošová

členka Žabího bratrstva v penzionátu

Fanča Foltová

členka Žabího bratrstva v penzionátu

Marta Fričová

členka Žabího bratrstva v penzionátu

Zora Lašková

Soňa, Tánina přítelkyně

Ada Dohnal

svatebčan

Marie Oliaková

uklízečka v penzionátu

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Skružný (Žabec – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Sound Designer

Antonín Rambousek

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Unit Production Manager

Václav Štrup

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Songs

Jen pro vaše oči (tango)

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna

Mám lásku, mám (polka)

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna

Nám písnička vždy zůstane

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna

Production info

Original Title

Žabec

Czech Title

Žabec

English Title

A Little Schoolgirl

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

start of filming 17 November 1939 (ateliéry)
date of censorship 12/1939
end of filming 5 December 1939 (ateliéry)
projection approval 05/1946 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 22 December 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Letka /2 týdny/ a Máj /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Excelsiorfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Excelsiorfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 780 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