Know Your Husband

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

8 November 1940

Runtime

101 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Poznej svého muže

Czech title

Poznej svého muže

English title

Know Your Husband

Parallel title

Erkenne deinen Mann

Working title

Poznej svou ženu

Synopsis

Landowner Králíček is a kind man but a bad manager. He succeeds in bringing his prosperous estate practically to ruin after the death of his wife. His creditor, the banker Čejka, recommends that he would do well to marry his daughter Helenka. Králíček goes with Helenka to a spa. He makes the acquaintance of engineer Koval who soon asks for Helenka's hand in marriage. Helenka does not love Koval but she agrees to the marriage when her father informs her of their poor financial situation. On the day of the wedding Králíček's son-in-law borrows some money from him and goes off on a business trip. The real engineer Koval, a capable and wealthy man, returns to his Prague villa and discovers that his servant Gustav had stolen his papers and got married using his name. In front of Helenka, whom he does not wish to harm, Koval for the time being pretends to be the servant. The young woman is very kind to him and the staff and Koval himself grows very fond of her. Králíček asks "servant Gustav" to pose as his lord in front of Čejka since he has still not returned. Helenka, however, does not want the young man, whom she now loves, to become a cheat on her account. The "servant" then proves his real identity and Helenka becomes the wife of the real Koval who settles all the debts for his father-in-law. The crook Gustav is arrested.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

velkostatkář František Králíček

Marta Fričová

Helenka, Králíčkova dcera

Jan Pivec

soukromník a finančník Ing. Petr Koval

Raoul Schránil

Gustav Troníček, Kovalův sluha a komorník

Theodor Pištěk

bankéř Ladislav Čejka

Ella Nollová

Fanynka, hospodyně u Kovala

Ferenc Futurista

Rambousek, zahradník u Kovala

Jindřich Láznička

Josef, domovník u Kovala

Vladimír Řepa

Řeřicha, Králíčkův spolužák

Antonín Holzinger

ředitel lázeňského hotelu

Karel Veverka

správce velkostatku Josef

Marie Švimberská

Tonička, panská u Kovala

Bolek Prchal

šafář na velkostatku

Jaroslav Tryzna

policejní detektiv

Jiří Koldovský

policejní inspektor Holan

Sláva Grossmann

prokurista Koubek, host v lázních

Vladimír Štros

továrník Marek, host v lázních

Josef Kemr

pikolík v lázních

Bohumil Langer

generální ředitel banky Jindřich Roubal, host v lázních

Vilém Pruner

MUDr. Dolejší, Helenčin nápadník

Jindřich Doležal

host v lázních, údajný Ferda Brabenec

Marie Vildová

host v lázních

Jan Otto Schmitt

host v lázních

Miloslav Svoboda

Kovalův spolužák

Rudolf Lampa

Kovalův společník

Jaroslav Sadílek

Jaroslav, sluha u Kovala

Elsa Vetešníková

Terča, kuchařka u Kovala

Leopold Horešovský

tajemník bankéře Čejky

Vladimír Růžička

pokladník u bankéře Čejky

Fráňa Vajner

úředník na magistrátě

Karel Dvořák

oddávající úředník

Marie Geblerová

sekretářka na velkostatku Boženka

Ada Dohnal

listonoš v lázních

Josef Waltner

vrchní v baru

Karel Máj

host v baru

Josef Oliak

host v baru

Marie Oliaková

host v baru

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Ina Žáková

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Antonín Rambousek

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf), M. Křen (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Roman Blahník

Music Performed by

Mužíkův orchestr

Songs

Bloudím, jen věrný stín jde se mnou

Song Composer Roman Blahník
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Jan Pivec [dab]R. A. Dvorský

Production info

Original Title

Poznej svého muže

Czech Title

Poznej svého muže

English Title

Know Your Husband

Parallel Title

Erkenne deinen Mann

Working Title

Poznej svou ženu

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Production specifications

start of filming 19 July 1940
end of filming 08/1940
date of censorship 30 October 1940 (kulturně-výchovný)
date of censorship 1943 (predikát „uznáníhodný film“)
withdrawal from distribution 18 May 1945
projection approval 09/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 30. 08. 1946)
withdrawal from distribution 29 May 1947

Premiere

premiere 8 November 1940 /suitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /2 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 12 August 1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Slavia-film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Laboratories

AB

Distribution

Slavia-film (původní 1940), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

101 min

Original length in metres

2 700 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, German