The Hotel Modrá hvězda

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hotel Modrá hvězda

Runtime

93

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

29.08.1941

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman, Martin Frič

Screenstory

Václav Wasserman

Summary

Two years after the release of Kristian (1939), director Martin Frič reunited with Czechoslovak stars Oldřich Nový, Adina Mandlová and Nataša Gollová. The team managed to breathe life into this romantic comedy, which is a remake of the 1933 German film Das verliebte Hotel (The Love Hotel) by Czech director Karel Lamač (with fellow Czech Anna Ondráková in the lead role). The plot of Frič’s film also revolves around a small, neglected hotel. Hard-working Zuzana (Gollová) inherits the establishment, and ultimately manages to revive it and also win the heart of the affluent bachelor Vladimír (Nový), who thus barely avoids falling into a loveless marriage with the elegant Milada (Mandlová). One of the most celebrated First Republic-era Czechoslovak comedies, The Hotel Modrá hvězda combines the excellent performances of its stars with a screwball comedy plot, which in spite of its twists and turns marches inexorably towards a happy ending.

Synopsis

Zuzanka can finally stop toiling away at washing dishes at hotel Mercur after a distant aunt has bequeathed her her own hotel - Modrá hvězda. She proudly marches over to the luxury hotel in the centre of town and immediately begins to change the personnel. Because this involves the facilities belonging to a joint-stock company, which no one can inherit, she is considered insane. It comes out that her inheritance is in reality a small, shabby little hotel in the IV town district. The personnel are three unemployed youths who in this way work off the money they owe for rent. The first guest is wealthy Vladimír Rychta Rohan, whose parents spent their honeymoon in this very hotel. He wants to celebrate his wedding there, with which his fiancée Milada, who is waiting for him at the luxurious Modrá hvězda, does not concur. Given the fact that the marriage was arranged by their parents, neither Vladimír nor Milada is upset about a subsequent separation. Vladimír falls in love with the slightly old-fashioned Zuzanka and he proposes to her. Milada finds her liking in the composer František, one of the residents at Zuzanka's hotel. Because it has been possible to sort out all misunderstandings and confusion, two weddings at once may immediately take place.

Note

The first performance of the film was held on the 31st of July 1941 on festival Filmové žně in Zlín.

Film online

Cast

Nataša Gollová

Zuzana Nedbalová

Adina Mandlová

Milada Landová

Karel Černý

komerční rada Landa, Miladin otec

Oldřich Nový

Vladimír Rychta Rohan

Theodor Pištěk

strýc Rychta Rohan

Ladislav Pešek

kuchař Zdeněk Junek

Jan Pivec

hudebník Jirka Tůma

Antonín Novotný

skladatel František Sojka

Jára Kohout

zřízenec hlídací společnosti

Karel Dostal

generální ředitel hotelového koncernu

Čeněk Šlégl

ředitel hotelu

František Filipovský

účetní hotelu

František Roland

notář Kolbaba

Vojta Novák

psychiatr

Marie Nademlejnská

majitelka hotelu "Merkur" slečna Fafejtová

Gustav Hilmar

vrátný hotelu Merkur pan Rejsek

Karel Postranecký

policejní inspektor

Doďa Pražský

vrchní v baru

Jaroslav Orlický

zaměstnanec blázince

Miloš Šubrt

solicitátor

Viktor Socha

vrchní číšník

Josef Bělský

recepční úředník v hotelu

Vladimír Štros

hotelový vrátný

Jan W. Speerger

recepční úředník hotelu

Josef Dvorský

recepční úředník hotelu

Olga Augustová

společnice Milady Jarmilka

Ada Karlovský

noční portýr

Emanuel Hříbal

listonoš

Jiří Vondrovič

host na večírku

Eman Fiala

dirigent orchestru

Jaroslav Malina

konferenciér a dirigent orchestru

Vladimír Řepa

zloděj v hotelu Modrá hvězda

Ella Nollová

zlodějka v hotelu Modrá hvězda

František Paul

zpěvák

Inka Zemánková

zpěvačka

Lišáci

pěvecký sbor

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Ina Žáková

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Oldřich Papež, Vilém Brož

Music

Music Composed by

Sláva Eman Nováček

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Slunečnice, Celý den si zpívám

Songwriter

Sláva Eman Nováček (Slunečnice), Sláva Eman Nováček (Celý den si zpívám)

Writer of Lyrics

Josef Gruss (Slunečnice), Josef Gruss (Celý den si zpívám)

Singer

Inka Zemánková (Slunečnice), Lišáci (Slunečnice), František Paul (Celý den si zpívám)

Production info

Original Title

Hotel Modrá hvězda

English Title

The Hotel Modrá hvězda

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Premiere

29.08.1941

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 3. výroční ceny DAVID pro nejlepší DVD video roku 2006 – DVD Group.cz

2007
Plzeň / Czech Republic
Filmexport home video s.r.o.

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Nataša Gollová

Vítěz

Festival: Filmové žně 1941 Zlín

1941
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Lucernafilm