What a Fine Daughter!

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dceruška k pohledání

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

12.04.1940

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Binovec

Synopsis

A Czech-American professor, Johnny Novák, discovers from his late father's estate that he is himself a father - of a girl that lives with her mother Helena Strnadová in Prague where Johnny had briefly lived eighteen years earlier. Johnny's father had disapproved of the affair so strongly that he did not forward Helena's letters, only sending money to her aunt for the child's upbringing. Johnny and his friend Jimmy Sládek decide to go and visit Helena and her daughter, and they notify Helena's aunt by telegramme. She turns out to have invented the story of the child in order to compel Johnny to return to Helena. Johnny never knew of the child and Helena's aunt set her up in a costume rental business with the money she received. Both women want to punish Johnny. They enlist the help of an amateur dramatic group who are to play Helena's admirers and the role of Helena's fictive daughter is enthusiastically taken on by Máňa Nováčková. Johnny sends Sládek off on a reconnaissance mission. The latter happens to meet Máňa and they fall in love with each other. The aunt's plan fails, the actors are not convincing, and the aunt's lie is exposed. Johnny and Helena's love flares up again. Jimmy takes his girlfriend Máňa to the United States.

Cast

Věra Ferbasová

Máňa Nováčková

Jára Kohout

režisér ochotníků Nováček, otec Máni

Meda Valentová

Helena Strnadová

Anna Steimarová

Formánková, teta Heleny

Jiří Dohnal

Jimmy Sládek

Josef Hořánek

profesor Kokoška

František Filipovský

Pavel, Kokoškův syn

Antonie Nedošinská

hospodyně u Kokošků paní Cibulková

Emil Bolek

profesor Johny Novák

Karel Roden (1)

profesor Kadeřábek

František Kreuzmann

lakýrník Zoubek

Theodor Pištěk

papírník Chramosta

František Paul

holič Tříska

Ema Karlová

švadlenka Jarča

František Černý

zřízenec s koníkem

Bolek Prchal

strážník

Ota Motyčka

zloděj

František Beranský

ušlápnutý mužíček

Setleři

pěvecký sbor

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Štrup

Screenplay

Josef Mach

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala (Koníčku, nes mne v dál – píseň), Eman Fiala

Writer of Lyrics

František Kudrna (Koníčku, nes mne v dál – píseň)

Singer

Setleři (Koníčku, nes mne v dál – píseň), Věra Ferbasová (Blátem se plouží – píseň), Věra Ferbasová (Na Belvedéru – píseň), František Paul (Ach, ti ubozí sirotci – píseň), František Kreuzmann (Ach, ti ubozí sirotci – píseň), Theodor Pištěk (Ach, ti ubozí sirotci – píseň), Emil Bolek (Já mám svou panenku v Roudnici – píseň), Meda Valentová (Já mám svou panenku v Roudnici – píseň), Jiří Dohnal [dab] (Koníčku, nes mne v dál)

Production info

Original Title

Dceruška k pohledání

English Title

What a Fine Daughter!

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Premiere

12.04.1940

Production

Continental

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Continental

Technical info

Versions

Czech