A Well-Placed Man

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

8 September 1939

Runtime

92 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dobře situovaný pán

Czech title

Dobře situovaný pán

English title

A Well-Placed Man

Synopsis

Antique-dealer Samek lives the life of an old bachelor. He financially helps his housekeeper bring up her daughter Máňa who is learning to be a hairdresser. Following the advice of a match-maker, Mudra, Samek resolves to get married. When Máňa returns to Prague, Samek, who has not seen her for a long time, is enchanted by her charms. Máňa has a good job in prospect but she needs to be able to speak German. Samek offers to teach her while taking walks together. During German conversation on Petřín hill, an electrician called Vašek sees her and falls for her. Assuming that Máňa does not speak Czech, he buys a German textbook so that he will be able to speak to her. Soon he gets an opportunity and the two youngsters declare their love for each other. Samek is getting ready to propose marriage to Máňa. But Máňa confides her love for Vašek and asks Samek to try to find some work for him. Samek loves Máňa and so obliges her. Vašek is jealous and calls the whole thing off. Máňa prepares to marry Samek. But she realises in the end that she loves Vašek. A reconciliation is brought about by Samek's servant Vojtíšek. Samek does not stand in the way of young love.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

starožitník Rudolf Samek

Antonie Nedošinská

hospodyně Karolina Kovářová/indiánka ve snu

Věra Ferbasová

Máňa, dcera Kovářové/indiánka ve snu

Jindřich Plachta

sluha u Samka Vojtíšek

Ladislav Pešek

elektrikář Vašek

R. A. Strejka

elektrikář Tonda/indián ve snu

Stanislav Neumann

sňatkový dohazovač Mudra

Bolek Prchal

exekutor z Rokycan

Jindřich Láznička

funebrák Řeřicha

Emilie Hráská

uklízečka

Bohunka Nosková

Miládka, dcera uklízečky

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

zákazník na manikúře

Jindra Hermanová

vdavekchtivá žena

Ferdinand Kohout

kuželkář

Josef Cikán

kuželkář

Fráňa Vajner

kuželkář

Crew and creators

Screenplay

Karel Melíšek

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Rudolf Žák

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Karel Feix

Unit Production Manager

Karel Šilhánek

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Songs

Píseň /Každý má právo na kousek štěstí/

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer Ladislav PešekR. A. Strejka

Indiánská píseň /Tak málo nám k naší lásce stačí/

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer Ladislav PešekR. A. Strejka

Production info

Original Title

Dobře situovaný pán

Czech Title

Dobře situovaný pán

English Title

A Well-Placed Man

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 09/1939
projection approval 25 January 1946 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 8 September 1939 /suitable for youths/ (kina Juliš /2 týdny/ a Světozor /1½ týdne/, Praha)

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

92 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, German