Eva Fools Around

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Eva tropí hlouposti

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

10.11.1939

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Vladimír Peroutka

Summary

In 1939 Nataša Gollová was just 27 years-old – but had managed to take the lead role in no less than seven feature films. Gollová’s charm is on full display in this unforgettable screwball comedy from director Martin Frič. Adapted from the light-hearted 1934 novel Patsy tropí hlouposti (Patsy Fools Around) by Fan Vavřincová, the film adaptation is the sole screenplay from Vladimír Peroutka. The film’s strong qualities mean it stands up to the best of the Hollywood screwball comedies being made around this time. Eva is a spontaneous and inventive young woman, who decides to bring some joy to her beloved aunt Pa (Zdeňka Baldová). While trying to find Pa a guide to cultivating a Záhorský (blue) rose, the zany Eva sneaks in to the home of her aunt’s neighbour posing as a secretary. In all the confusion, Eva also manages to fall in love, and complicate the life of her brother Michal (Oldřich Nový), who has himself fallen for the neighbour’s daughter Eliška.

Synopsis

After many years abroad Michal Nor returns home to his aunt Pa and his sister Eva, who has just arrived from boarding school. The aunt has a birthday coming up and Eva knows that she would really like instructions for growing a variety of rose that her neighbour, factory owner Záhorský, has cultivated. But the aunt is not on good terms with the neighbours and so the vivacious Eva, with her mind set on stealing the instructions, infiltrates the Záhorský's as a secretary. In the house she by chance comes face to face with Michal who is posing as an English earl to save Záhorský's daughter Eliška from an unwanted engagement with the clumsy Zdeněk. The home is under the strong hand of Mrs. Záhorský, who has on her conscience one improper deed: she refused to return a friend her bracelet that her friend had left with her for a time as collateral on a loan. For this reason Jiří Kučera, the son of this woman, is also working at the Záhorský's, trying to regain the family jewel. So there is a great deal of confusion in the house, but eventually everything is cleared up. In the end Mr. Záhorský intervenes resolutely. He compels his wife to return the jewel, Michal gets gets Eliška, Eva wins Jiří's heart and aunt Pa now has the instructions on how to grow the Záhorský's rose.

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Cast

Nataša Gollová

Eva Norová alias Eva Norbertová

Oldřich Nový

Michal, Evin bratr, al.hrabě Johny Camel

Zdeňka Baldová

Pavlína Norová, zvaná teta Pa

Ella Nollová

služka u Norů Klotylda

Gustav Hilmar

továrník Tomáš Záhorský

Marta Májová

Emilie, Záhorského žena

Jiřina Sedláčková

Eliška, Záhorských dcera

Josef Gruss

Zdeněk Kolář, Eliščin ctitel

Raoul Schránil

dr.Jiří Novotný alias tajemník Jiří Kučera

Bolek Prchal

sluha u Záhorských Jan

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Fan Vavřincová (Patsy tropí hlouposti – román)

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Unit Production Manager

Eduard Šimáček

Music

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen (Toreadore smělý))

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Má láska je jazz, Hrály dudy, Kolem nás hvězdy planou, Hej hou, hej hou

Songwriter

Kamil Běhounek (Má láska je jazz), Kamil Běhounek (Hrály dudy), Jiří Traxler (Kolem nás hvězdy planou)

Singer

Oldřich Nový (Hej hou, hej hou)

Production info

Original Title

Eva tropí hlouposti

English Title

Eva Fools Around

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Premiere

10.11.1939

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech