If I Were a Dad

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

10 March 1939

Runtime

89 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kdybych byl tátou

Czech title

Kdybych byl tátou

English title

If I Were a Dad

Synopsis

Office clerk Adamička has lived for a number of years in the Prague castle district of Hradčany, subleasing from the widow Jandová. Because of his good-natured disposition he is often the butt of his colleague's jokes. One day they foist on him the purchase of tickets from the class lottery which he has allegedly ordered. With a heavy heart Adamička pays them. The niece of Mrs. Jandová, the milliner Míla, who also lives at her place, has a love interest with Karel the taxi-driver. Adamička's lottery tickets are winners and the happy winner has a collapse. No sooner has he returned home from the hospital, than Míla marries. At Karel's insistence the young woman asks Adamička for a loan to buy a new car. He gladly gives her the money. Karel, however, pays only the first installment on the car and loses the rest at cards. He flees to America in the face of his debts. Míla gives birth to a daughter, Karlička, and Adamička finds fulfillment in caring for the small child. After some years when he has made up his mind to ask Míla for her hand in marriage, a letter from Karel arrives. He has worked diligently and has paid off his debts, now he is inviting his wife and daughter to come to America. The saddened Adamička returns to his bachelor's life.

Cast

Jindřich Plachta

úředník Antonín Adamička

Zdeňka Baldová

Jandová, Adamičkova bytná

Hana Vítová

modistka Míla, neteř Jandové

Bohunka Nosková

Karlička Nováková, dcera Míly

Ladislav Boháč

taxikář Karel Novák, Mílin muž

Zita Kabátová

prodavačka v automatu Helena

Bolek Prchal

řidič Škába

Vilém Pfeiffer

řidič Vlček

Ladislav Janeček

řidič Brožík

František Paul

úředník Vitouš

Marie Norrová

úřednice Kubešová

Lola Skrbková

vedoucí hudební školy

Slávka Rosenbergová

domovnice Horáková

Bohuš Záhorský

šéf firmy Praga

Eman Fiala

agent autotovárny

Alois Dvorský

pan domácí

Václav Menger

kominík s prasátkem pro štěstí

Karel Němec

úředník

Robert Morávek

úředník

Ferdinand Jarkovský

úředník Adolf

Břetislav Hrstka

majitel taxíků

Václav Švec

Karlův řidič

Václav Mlčkovský

právní zástupce

František Filipovský

úředník loterní kanceláře

Jindřich Fiala

expedient z hračkářství

Emilie Hráská

svědkyně výbuchu

Jarmila Holmová

svědkyně výbuchu

Josef Příhoda

svědek výbuchu

Jan W. Speerger

tajný v herně

Bedřich Frank

hráč v herně

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Karel Šilhánek

Screenstory

Josef Hlaváč

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Jan Zázvorka, Ferdinand Kliment

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Karel Feix

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský, Miloš Smatek (instrumentace)

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Život je plničký nadějí

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Oldřich KovářRudolf Leo Vašata

Jenom ty mě, můj koníčku

Singer Jindřich Plachta

Production info

Original Title

Kdybych byl tátou

Czech Title

Kdybych byl tátou

English Title

If I Were a Dad

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 02/1939
projection approval 30 July 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 30. 7. 1946)
projection approval 17 June 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 12. 1946)
projection approval 12/1946 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 10 March 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Hvězda /2 týdny/, Letka /1 týden/ a Praha /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 31 August 1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm (původní 1939), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 551 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