At St. Matthew's

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

27 October 1939

Runtime

86 min

Director

Jan Sviták

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

U svatého Matěje

Czech title

U svatého Matěje

English title

At St. Matthew's

Synopsis

Owner of a horticultural nursery, Matěj Brabenec, is bringing up his five daughters with his old assistant Pazdera. Their tranquil life is suddenly turned on its head when they become rich. Matěj, a band leader, accidentally hits a paralysed millionaire with his bugle; as a result the cripple recovers the use of his legs and in gratitude gives Matěj a vast sum of money. Matěj thereupon buys a villa and moves into it with his daughters, and he starts to lead a new life. He does not suspect that the sale of the villa was in fact only faked by a certain Irena, the lover of the impoverished owner. Irena furthermore manages to insinuate herself into Matěj's affections and bit by bit cheats him of all his money. The daughters are displeased by their father's spendthrift ways and get engaged to men in the staff despite father's objections. When he forbids his daughters to marry them, the daughters all leave the villa and move back in with with Pazdera at the nursery. They live happily there, the nursery prospers, and the eldest daughter, Máňa, is the first to have a child. Two years later the father, now absolutely beggared, turns up on their doorstep; he is embarrassed to introduce himself, but the daughters recognise him and forgive him.

Cast

Jára Kohout

zahradník a kapelník Matěj Brabenec

Hana Vítová

Máňa, Matějova dcera

Jarmila Beránková

Růža, Matějova dcera

Věra Bartošová

Vlasta, Matějova dcera

Nancy Rubensová

Božka, Matějova dcera

Slávka Benešová

Liduška, Matějova dcera

František Paul

zahradník Pazdera, Matějův kamarád

Antonín Novotný

zahradnický pomocník Pepa Chládek

Čeněk Šlégl

majitel vily Vilém Parbus

Zita Kabátová

Irena Ludlesová, Parbusova milenka

Eman Fiala

kuchař Tonda Švejda

Jiří Vondrovič

řidič Václav Srbek

Antonín Zacpal

komorník Albert Malý

Jaroslav Marvan

notář Drbovzal

Doďa Pražský

vyvolávač na pouti

Josef Svoboda

zápasník

Ota Motyčka

muzikant s basou

Josef Příhoda

muzikant s pozounem

Přemysl Pražský

muzikant s klarinetem

Jindřich Láznička

muzikant s houslemi

František Černý

muzikant s bubnem

Václav Švec

muzikant s klarinetem

Antonín Jirsa

zápasník

Karel Postranecký

vrchní „U hroznu"

Alois Dvorský

křepčící dědeček

Zbyšek Olšovský

host ve vinárně

Jiří Milan

host ve vinárně

Josef Venclů

kapelník

Rudolf Vašíček

harmonikář

Jiří Hron

ošetřovatel

Jan Černý

ošetřovatel

František Jerhot

bankovní úředník

Karel Roden

milionář Herbert Jackson

Maxmilián Zvěřina

řidič milionáře Jacksona

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Sviták

Assistant Director

Josef Zezulka

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka, Julius Vegricht

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Set Designer

Rudolf Žák

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš

Songs

Matějíčku, Matěji

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Hana VítováJára KohoutFrantišek Paul

Nevěřím vám

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer mužský hlas /Oldřich Kovář?/

Na Pankráci, na malém vršíčku

Singer Antonín Novotný

Production info

Original Title

U svatého Matěje

Czech Title

U svatého Matěje

English Title

At St. Matthew's

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 10/1939

Premiere

premiere 27 October 1939 /suitable for youths/ (kina Metro /2 týdny/, Praha /1½ týdne/ a Ráj /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Sun

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Distribution

Sun

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 460 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