The Town in the Palm of His Hand

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Městečko na dlani

Runtime

98

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1942

Production year

1941 – 1942

Premiere

18.09.1942

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Binovec

Screenplay

Josef Mach, Karel Steklý

Synopsis

František Buzek, the mayor of a hamlet called Rukapáně, was always a good administrator of the community's affairs. Unfortunately, his health is being ruined by an excessive intake of wine. The coal-miner and poacher Matěj Řezáč shoots a deer and, excited by his catch, forgets his knife at the scene. Councillor Zimmerheier comes by this proof of guilt and goes down the mine in search of him. A dynamite explosion causes part of the mine to cave in and one miner is killed. All the others are rescued except Matěj and the councillor. Matěj manages to save the life of his badly wounded superior and brings him to the surface after two days in the mine. Václav, the son of the rich farmer Trantinec, has seduced Ančka, the daughter of a poor rafter. He wants to marry her but his proud father drives him out of the house with a whip. The village idiot, Janek, is given an ocarina by his former mining friends which they bought at a fair but they mock him for having been abandoned by his wife. Janek's flight to the church tower ends with his tragic fall. As Buzek approaches his final days, he recommends Trantinec as his successor but the local inhabitants condemn him for his behaviour towards Václav. After Buzek's death he recognises that his pride caused him to act unreasonably and he becomes reconciled with his son.

Note

The première outside Prague was held already on the 4th of September 1942 in Ronov nad Doubravou.

Cast

František Smolík

starosta a bednář František Buzek

Gustav Hilmar

sedlák Jan Trantinec

Marie Blažková

Trantincova žena

Ladislav Boháč

Václav, syn Trantincových

Marie Glázrová

Ančka Karasová

Vladimír Řepa

vorař Karas, Ančin otec

Jaroslav Průcha

havíř Matěj Řezáč

Blanka Waleská

Pepča, Řezáčova žena

Jaroslav Marvan

důlní rada Rudolf Zimmerheier

Jindřich Plachta

obecní blázen Janek Pudeš

Anna Letenská

Marie, bláznova bývalá žena

Ferenc Futurista

obecní strážník Pazdušek

František Filipovský

čepičář Stýblo

František Černý

MUDr. Rozum

Jan W. Speerger

hajný Valenta

Jára Kohout

radní

Josef Pleskot

radní

Bolek Prchal

radní

Josef Steigl

radní

Jan Černý

radní

Karel Šanda

radní

Josef Loskot

radní

František Lašek

zraněný havíř

Hermína Vojtová

vdova Hošinská

Milka Balek-Brodská

manželka havíře

Marie Oliaková

manželka havíře

Marie Nademlejnská

manželka havíře

Marie Hodrová

manželka havíře

Eliška Jílková

manželka havíře

Ella Nollová

manželka pohodného

Gabriel Hart

trhovec s hračkami

Eman Fiala

trhovec se šátky

Ota Motyčka

zřízenec na obecním úřadě

František Paul

planetář

Josef Waltner

hospodský

Josef Kemr

bednářský učeň

Emil Bolek

lesník

Jindřich Fiala

chasník

Ada Dohnal

chasník

Karel Veverka

farář

Filip Balek-Brodský

muž v kostele

Emanuel Hříbal

muž v kostele

Josef Oliak

muž v kostele

Frank Rose-Růžička

host v hospodě

Karolína Vávrová

žena na trhu

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

František Urbánek, Josef Zezulka

Based on

Jan Drda (Městečko na dlani – román)

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala, Jiří Dušek

Set Designer

V. Kliment

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Karel Feix, Václav Dražil

Unit Production Manager

Josef Zezulka, František Urbánek

Consultant

Karel Hašler

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Fiala

Songs

Jeden chudej bednář, Proto tedy připijme hornickému stavu, K Závisti cestička ušlapaná

Singer

mužský sbor (Jeden chudej bednář), mužský sbor (Proto tedy připijme hornickému stavu), ženský sbor (K Závisti cestička ušlapaná)

Production info

Original Title

Městečko na dlani

English Title

The Town in the Palm of His Hand

Copyright

1942

Production Year

1941 – 1942

Premiere

18.09.1942

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech