The Incendiary's Daughter

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

21 March 1941

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Paličova dcera

Czech title

Paličova dcera

English title

The Incendiary's Daughter

Parallel title

Die Tochter des Brandstifters

Synopsis

The widower and drunk Valenta, a village fiddler, and his three daughters live in penury. They face the loss of their cottage as Valenta already owes a huge debt to the horse-dealer Podleský. Podleský, known for the inconsiderate way he makes lovers of his serving girls, has his eye on Valenta's eldest girl Rozárka. He tells Valenta that he will waive all his debts if he can have Rozárka in return, but the girl refuses to do as her father requests. She loves Antonín, the son of the widow Jedličková. The latter persuades Rozárka to part with her son so that he can marry into a wealthy family, thus enabling him to start his own business. After a violent quarrel with her drunk father, Rozárka leaves the village with her sisters in the middle of the night and they go to stay with their aunt in Prague. Valenta, waking up to find no-one in the house, sets the house on fire and runs off. Policemen investigate the arson attack. Meanwhile, the childless widowed aunt accepts the girls into her home. When the police arrive, however, Rozárka decides to protect her father and shoulder the blame for the fire. She is arrested and sentenced. At the last minute Antonín brings Valenta before the court who admits his guilt. Podleský, whose testimony in court harmed Rozárka the most, promises to ensure the young couple financial security.

Note

The original title of the play The Incendiary´s Daughter was The Maid from Prague and the Country Journeyman or The Incendiary´s Daughter. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Thea Červenková, 1923).

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

venkovský šumař Jan Valenta

Lída Baarová

Rozárka, Valentova dcera

Růžena Nasková

plátenice Kateřina Šestáková,sestra Valenty

Marie Ptáková

vdova Antonie Jedličková

Karel Höger

Antonín, syn Jedličkové

František Smolík

Čechoameričan Pavel Kolínský

Vladimír Salač

Prokop, syn Kolínského

Jaroslav Marvan

zámožný koňař Podleský

Václav Trégl

řezník Martin

Darja Hajská

Bětuška Toužimská

Helena Friedlová

Rozárčina matka Madlenka Valentová

Viktor Nejedlý

vyšetřující soudce

Josef Rozsíval

předseda soudu

František Kreuzmann

státní zástupce

Jaroslav Hladík

přísedící u soudu

Miloš Šubrt

přísedící u soudu

Dagmar Appelová

Kačenka, Rozárčina sestra

M. Karbanová

Madlenka, Rozárčina sestra

Bolek Prchal

hostinský

Josef Oliak

venkovan

Slávka Rosenbergová

zákaznice u Šestákové

Ada Dohnal

František,pomocník v obchodě u Šestákové

Jaroslav Orlický

vězeňský dozorce

Emanuel Hříbal

výdejce polévky Na Františku

Jindřich Fiala

host v kořalně

Robert Vyhlídka

harmonikář

Ela Poznerová

zákaznice

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Kajetán Tyl (Paličova dcera – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Karel Šilhánek

Consultant

J. M. Gottlieb

Music

Music Composed by

Otakar Jeremiáš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.,

Songs

Kde je sládek, tam je mládek

Singer sbor

Tajná láska, ta mě trápí

Singer sbor

Široký, hluboký, ty vltavský tůňě

Singer sbor

Slunce naše nad oblaky

Singer Zdeněk Štěpánek

Svatý Václave, vévodo české země

Singer Zdeněk Štěpáneksbor

Dobrú noc, má milá, dobrú noc

Sivá holubičko, kdes byla

Production info

Original Title

Paličova dcera

Czech Title

Paličova dcera

English Title

The Incendiary's Daughter

Parallel Title

Die Tochter des Brandstifters

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Production specifications

date of censorship 17 March 1941 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 21 March 1941 /suitable for youths/ (kina Blaník /2 týdny/ a Lucerna /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Barrandov

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 785 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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Otakar Jeremiáš