The Reluctant Grandfather

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

4 August 1939

Runtime

104 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dědečkem proti své vůli

Czech title

Dědečkem proti své vůli

English title

The Reluctant Grandfather

Synopsis

The wealthy factory owner Osten has worked his way up to his position through energy and hard work. But he has one failing, and that is that he cannot accept the fact that he, too, must get old. He is furthermore horrified by the idea that he might become a grandfather. He will do anything to stop this from happening, even act as a rival in his son's love. One day Jiří has had enough of his father's behaviour and decides to leave home and his comfortable life behind. He even changes his name and enters a rival factory as a manual worker to prove to his father that he can work his way up from scratch as well. Then Jiří meets the energetic dressmaker Tonička, who studies in the evenings so she can get a job as a clerk. The young couple are happy together, but then Osten steps in once again. He offers Tonička a job as secretary and is even prepared to woo and win her for himself. Before father and son come to blows, Tonička tells the fuming Jiří that she is expecting. Osten then accepts his new role with resignation.

Cast

Oldřich Nový

továrník Richard Osten

Raoul Schránil

Jiří, Ostenův syn, později Ostrovský

Ferenc Futurista

Ferdinand, Ostenův sluha

František Paul

opilec Kalina

Antonie Nedošinská

Marie, Kalinova žena

Věra Ferbasová

Tonička, dcera Kalinových

František Krištof-Veselý

obchodník Božetěch Kokoška

Běla Tringlerová

Aťa, Kokoškova žena

Nancy Rubensová

Emča Jánská, snoubenka Jiřího Oste

František Kreuzmann

personální ředitel strojírny dr.ing.Karel Chmel

Karel Černý

generální ředitel strojíren Brázda

Eliška Pleyová

Ostenova sekretářka

Jindra Hermanová

přítelkyně Richarda Ostena

Fanča Foltová

švadlenka

Marie Ježková

mistrová v módním závodě

L. Procházková

panská u Ostenů Mařenka

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

předseda správní komise

Václav Mlčkovský

člen správní komise

Jaroslav Sadílek

člen správní komise

Miloš Šubrt

mistr ve slévárně Václav

Ladislav Janeček

závodní inženýr

Stanislav Bláha

člen ředitelské rady

Sláva Grossmann

člen ředitelské rady

Václav Menger

host v hospodě

Antonín Jirsa

host v hospodě

Jiřina Hladíková

host na večírku

Josef Venclů

hudebník

Karel Venzara

hudebník

Alois Bureš

hudebník

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Based on

František Zavřel (Dědečkem proti své vůli – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Roman Blahník

Songs

Stále dál (pochod)

Songwriter Roman Blahník
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer mužské trio

Bláznivá touha

Songwriter Roman Blahník
Writer of Lyrics Karel Melíšek
Singer mužský hlas

Když jsem šel od vás

Production info

Original Title

Dědečkem proti své vůli

Czech Title

Dědečkem proti své vůli

English Title

The Reluctant Grandfather

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 07/1939
projection approval 19 October 1945 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 4 August 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Amerika /2 týdny/, Máj /3 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Slavia-film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

104 min

Original length in metres

2 955 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech