The Street Sings

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

22 September 1939

Runtime

91 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Ulice zpívá

Czech title

Ulice zpívá

English title

The Street Sings

Synopsis

Circus clowns Emil and Josef take Franci, an abandoned child, into their care. One day the circus burns down and the clowns start to earn their living as street musicians. Franci, now grown up, falls for Lora who cares for them selflessly. Josef still longs for the circus and Franci is not happy with a busker's life either. A thief who has stolen precious jewellery is being chased by the police so he throws it over a wall. A box hits Josef on the head and he decides to sell the jewels it contains to a second-hand dealer. Franci agrees, has the jewels valued, pawns some and gives the rest to Katy, a young widow he has taken a fancy to and because of whom he wants to split up with Lory. In a bar Franci gets to know Mr Hradil who notices Katy is wearing the jewels stolen from his mother. He invites them both back to his place. Franci recognises the necklace Katy is wearing in a painting of Mr Hradil's mother. He realises they are trapped and he throws the necklace out of the window. Lory, who has been following them, finds the necklace and takes it to the police. The reward for the finder is twenty thousand crowns - it changes their lives. Josef and Emil buy a circus van. Franci, contrite, returns to Lory and is overjoyed to discover he is to be a father.

Cast

Vlasta Burian

cirkusový klaun Emil Beruška

Jaroslav Marvan

cirkusový klaun Josef Rozhuda

Antonín Novotný

nalezenec Franci

Eva Matoušková

matka odloženého dítěte

Vladimír Salač

Franci jako chlapec

Marie Glázrová

Lory Brandlová

Jiřina Šejbalová

vdova Katy Příhodová

Čeněk Šlégl

vetešník Puškvorec

Ladislav Hemmer

ing.Hradil, syn

Antonín Streit

Karel Novotný, Hradilův přítel

Karel Postranecký

policejní inspektor

Ada Dohnal

vrchní v baru

Emanuel Kovařík

cirkusový jezdec

Václav Hrubý

saxofonista v baru

Josef Venclů

houslista

Jana Romanová

komorná Amálka

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Based on

Paul Schurek (Ulice zpívá /Stratenmusik/ – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Otakar Sedláček

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš, Jan Seehák

Selected Music

Johann Strauss ml. (Cikánský baron)

Songs

Ulice zpívá (valčík)

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Vlasta BurianVladimír SalačJaroslav Marvan

Neplakej, malinký (ukolébavka)

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Vlasta BurianJaroslav Marvan

Cikánský baron jsem já

Songwriter Johann Strauss ml.
Singer Vlasta Burian

Production info

Original Title

Ulice zpívá

Czech Title

Ulice zpívá

English Title

The Street Sings

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 09/1939

Premiere

premiere 22 September 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/, Letka /3 týdny/ a Máj /5 týdnů/, Praha)

Production

Brom

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Distribution

Reiter

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 600 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