Dr Hegl's Patient

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

30 August 1940

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pacientka dr. Hegla

Czech title

Pacientka dr. Hegla

English title

Dr Hegl's Patient

Parallel title

Dr. Hegels Patientin

Synopsis

Karla, the daughter of a chemist, is to marry the well-to-do young doctor Jaroslav Kříž. On the day of the wedding, however, she is taken to hospital with acute appendicitis and operated on by the best surgeon in Prague, Dr Hegel. While the operation is successful, Karla, in her weakened state, catches pneumonia and even suffers heart failure, but Hegel is able to cure the young girl. Karla falls in love with the attractive doctor and, on her return home, continues to make excuses to her fiancé Jára and meets up with the doctor in secret. Hegel, however, is married and he has a thirteen-year-old daughter Ela and five-year-old son Vilík. Mrs Hegel has suffered her husband's philanderings for many years for the sake of a peaceful marriage. Karla's fiancé is the last person to find out about her affair and, when he hears the news, he commits suicide. Dr Hegel leaves for Milan to attend a medical congress while Karla spends the summer with her parents in the country. She waits for a letter from Hegel with feverish anxiety; she has since discovered she is pregnant. On his return, however, Hegel does not want anything to do with the child, especially since he now has a new "patient". Karla gives birth to a son and her parents have to come to terms with the existence of a grandchild born out of wedlock.

Cast

Otomar Korbelář

MUDr. Jindřich Hegel

Světla Svozilová

Klára, Heglova žena

Zorka Janů

Ela, dcera Heglových

Adina Mandlová

Karla Janotová

Zdeňka Baldová

matka Karly

Jaroslav Průcha

lékárník Pavel Janota, otec Karly

Svatopluk Beneš

JUDr. Jaroslav Kříž, Karlin snoubenec

Růžena Šlemrová

matka Jaroslava

Gustav Hilmar

otec Jaroslava

Jožka Koldovská

sestra v nemocnici Ingrid

Jana Ebertová

Milada Švarcová, kamarádka Karly

Vilém Pruner

přítel Milady Švarcové

Karel Veverka

kardiolog prof. Kovář

Jarmila Zezulková

komorná u Heglů

Eva Svobodová

služka u Janotů

Marie Hrdličková

Heglova milenka

Jaroslav Hladík

host u Heglů

Bohumil Langer

host u Heglů

Emanuel Hříbal

svědek dopravní nehody

Marie Blažková

ošetřovatelka v porodnici

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

Marie Pujmanová (Pacientka dr. Hegla – novela)

Screenplay

Otakar Vávra

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Karel Petr Adam

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich, Alois Fiala

Music

Music Composed by

Miroslav Ponc

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.,

Production info

Original Title

Pacientka dr. Hegla

Czech Title

Pacientka dr. Hegla

English Title

Dr Hegl's Patient

Parallel Title

Dr. Hegels Patientin

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Production specifications

date of censorship 25 August 1940 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 30 August 1940 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Slavia-film

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Slavia-film

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 550 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