Líza's Good Fortune

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

10 February 1939

Runtime

105 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Lízino štěstí

Czech title

Lízino štěstí

English title

Líza's Good Fortune

Synopsis

The orphan Líza Irovská from Ptačice has been awarded a scholarship to a convent boarding school. Her sweet nature and singing talents enchant her fellow pupils and earn her close friends. Teacher Mater Regina, under her own name Gizela Lepařová, had once had the misfortune to become engaged to a fraud who stole her family's money. She is now endeavouring to get back the property through the advantageous marriage of her nephew Tomáš, a doctor, to a wealthy girl named Jela Pechlová. She invites him to the boarding school to play the organ at Sunday mass. Tomáš, however, rejects the rich and proud Jela and falls in love with the humble, graceful Líza. Brdička, the new mayor of Ptačice, is supporting the construction of a new sanatorium, a project which puts pressure on the village treasury. The sanatorium is completed but Brdička's son-in-law embezzles the money and runs off with it. The village is left in debt and the community seeks a doctor who would buy the sanatorium. Dr Lepař takes over the hospital with the help of his friend, Pařík, an associate professor. Líza also agrees to become his wife. She gives up her planned career as a singer and enrols in a medical course so that she can help out in the surgery. Finally, Líza also gains the respect of Tomáš's three sisters and his stern grandmother.

Cast

Zdenka Sulanová

Líza Irovská

Antonie Nedošinská

babička Lepařová

Ladislav Boháč

MUDr. Tomáš Lepař

Eva Prchlíková

Lepařova sestra Eva

Vlasta Hrubá

Lepařova sestra Marta

Eliška Pleyová

Lepařova sestra Marcela

Josef Bělský

Martin manžel

Emanuel Kovařík

Marcelin manžel

Theodor Pištěk

komorník Jan

František Kreuzmann

radní Plichta

Josef Kemr

Plichtův syn Jůla

Karel Černý

mlynář Rejlek, bývalý starosta

Rudolf Hrušínský

Rejlkův syn Jarka

Jaroslav Marvan

starosta Brdička

Bedřich Veverka

JUDr. Leiner

R. A. Dvorský

MUDr. Pařík

Zita Kabátová

Tumlířová, dcera paní Sýkorové

Jára Kohout

temperamentní radní

Jiří Vondrovič

učitel Leština, člen rady

Hermína Vojtová

Mater Regina dříve Gisela Lepařová

Nataša Gollová

Mater Filomena

Marie Ptáková

představená kláštera

Jindra Hermanová

sestra Angelika

Drahomíra Hůrková

chovanka kláštera Luďa Hlaváčková

Majva Červená

chovanka kláštera Anny Flosová

Věra Bartošová

chovanka kláštera Jela Pechlová

Zdeňka Valentová

chovanka kláštera Máňa Křepelková

R. A. Strejka

Ota Pechl, Jelin bratr

Nora Cífková

chovanka kláštera

Gustav Hilmar

továrník Pechl, Jelin otec

Jiří Hron

radní z Ptačic

Marie Přikrylová

matka MUDr. Lepaře, sestra Mater Reginy

Marie Blažková

bytná Jarky Rejlka

Karel Veverka

radní Vorlíček

Milka Balek-Brodská

teta z Ptačic

Václav Mlčkovský

lékař MUDr. Beneš

Viktor Ostrý

JUDr. Ludvík Karas, Jelin snoubenec

Milada Smolíková

Karasova matka

Ludvík Řezníček

hostinský Lahoda

Božena Šustrová

komorná babičky Lepařové

Ladislav Hemmer

dr. Malec, Brdičkův zeť

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Růžena Utěšilová (Líza Irovská – román)

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Selected Music

Gioacchino Rossini (Lazebník sevillský /Il barbiere di Siviglia/), Franz Schubert (Ave Maria)

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Leť, můj ptáčku, dál

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Zdenka Sulanová

Ukolébavka

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Zdenka Sulanová

Až půjdeš k nám přes pole háj

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Zdenka Sulanová

Mám své srdéčko volné

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Zdenka Sulanovádívčí sbor

Lazebník sevillský (árie)

Songwriter Gioacchino Rossini
Singer Zdenka Sulanová

Production info

Original Title

Lízino štěstí

Czech Title

Lízino štěstí

English Title

Líza's Good Fortune

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 02/1939
projection approval 26 October 1945 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 10 February 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Europa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Europa

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

105 min

Original length in metres

2 984 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