Men Don't Age

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1942

Production year

1942

Premiere

3 April 1942

Runtime

100 min

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Muži nestárnou

Czech title

Muži nestárnou

English title

Men Don't Age

Parallel title

Männer altern nicht

Synopsis

It is the year 1911. Student Stáňa Jarský is teaching Jiřinka, the nine-year-old daughter of the elderly industrialist Horník, to play the piano. The young man, however, is in love with the youthful, beautiful Mrs Horníková and his parents decide it would be better to send him off to study in Vienna. On the eve of his departure, Helena Horníková finds herself at home alone and she succumbs to his passionate declaration of love. It is now 1920. Export specialist ing. Stáňa Jarský meets the now adult Jiřinka in Prague. The young couple find themselves falling in love and Jarský plans to ask for her hand in marriage. The widowed Mrs Horníková, however, is concerned for the fate of the factory which she can only save by its merger with a plant owned by Mr Krutina. Jiřinka is forced to marry his son. 1939. The greying and youthfully elegant general director Jarský returns to Bohemia from his travels abroad. He meets Helenka, the daughter of Jiřinka and the granddaughter of his first love. The couple fall in love. On the grandmother's recommendation the family now consent to Jarský's request for Helenka's hand in marriage; after all, he could now be ready to experience another generation.

Cast

Zita Kabátová

Helena Horníková, manželka továrníka

František Roland

továrník Karel Horník

Jana Romanová

Jiřina Horníková, dcera

Eva Matějková (2)

Jiřina v devíti letech

Jarmila Smejkalová

Helenka Krutinová, dcera Jiřiny

Jan Pivec

Stáňa Járský, syn profesora

Jaroslav Průcha

profesor gymnázia Járský

Marie Blažková

Stáňova matka

Gustav Nezval

lesní Jan Perner, bratr Heleny

Zdeňka Baldová

činovnice Ligy mravnosti paní Zajíčková

František Filipovský

lékárník Stejskal

Elena Hálková

služka u Horníků Maryna

Marie Ptáková

babička, matka Heleny a Jana

Meda Valentová

nahluchlá paní baronka

Antonín Brož

továrník Krutina

František Vnouček

Otto, syn továrníka Krutiny

Jaroslav Krejčí (2)

předseda Ligy mravnosti Krakoška

Antonie Langrová

Krakošková

Vladimír Paclt

zahradník Josef Motyčka

Olga Augustová

zpěvačka slečna Rosnická

Josef Hořánek

host u paní baronky

Růžena Kurelová

host u paní baronky

André Farkaš

houslista

Viktor Socha

číšník na hradecké plovárně

Věra Skálová

kamarádka Heleny

J. Šimanová

kamarádka Heleny

Dagmar Lehovcová

kamarádka Heleny

Dagmar Prokopová

kamarádka Heleny

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Eduard Šimáček

Screenstory

Oldřich Nový

Based on

Jan Patrný (Muži nestárnou – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Oldřich Papež, Vilém Brož

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Selected Music

Prodaná nevěsta /Znám jednu dívku/, Prodaná nevěsta /Proč bychom se netěšili/

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Josef Dobeš)

Songs

Vyznání /Madonno má/

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Jan PivecJana RomanováJarmila Smejkalová

Skřivánčí árie

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Olga Augustová [dab]Marie Šímová

Chci říci Vám

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer Jan Pivec

Production info

Original Title

Muži nestárnou

Czech Title

Muži nestárnou

English Title

Men Don't Age

Parallel Title

Männer altern nicht

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1942

Production Year

1942

Production specifications

date of censorship 20 March 1942 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 3 April 1942 /suitable for youths/ (kina Alfa /4 týdny/ a Lucerna /5 týdnů/, Praha)
renewed premiere 21 June 1968 /suitable for youths/

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Barrandov

Distribution

Lucernafilm (původní 1942), Ústřední půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1968)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

100 min

Original length in metres

2 839 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