The Respectable Women of Pardubice

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Počestné paní pardubické

Runtime

94 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production year

1944

Premiere

06.10.1944

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Synopsis

The kind and sensitive Pardubice executioner Jiří is trying to get out of his undignified trade. He rarely carries out his duties any more and makes a living with his natural medicines and healing. His request, however, is callously rejected by the aldermen. Their petty-minded wives are jealous of the executioner's wife for her beauty and pretty clothes. The scribe Prokop and the ward of an old countess Aninka meet by chance in the hangman's house. They fall in love with each other at first sight. The countess, however, is forcing Aninka into a marriage with the burgomaster. The baroness Helena has recently come to live with the countess. Count Bořita also arrives in the town who, in return for payments, promises to give rich inhabitants the status of burgher with their own coat-of-arms. The flirtatious Mrs Zvůnková responds to Prokop's rejection by publicly accusing him of rape. In her despair, Aninka consents to a marriage with the burgomaster. The latter is then attacked and robbed of the key to the town's treasury. Prokop is arrested as the perpetrator of the crime. Hangman Jiří, however, has long suspected Bořita. It is discovered that Bořita is a criminal and that baroness Helena is his ally. Both are arrested. Prokop marries Aninka and former executioner Jiří and his wife Rozina are accepted as burghers of the town.

Note

The première outside Prague was held already on the 5th of October 1944 in Pardubice.

Cast

František Smolík

kat Jiří

Jiřina Štěpničková

katova žena Rozina

Eman Fiala

katův pacholek Adam

Ferenc Futurista

katův pacholek

Terezie Brzková

hraběnka

Marta Fričová

schovanka hraběnky Aninka Dražická

Zita Kabátová

baronesa Helena z Alcantaru, dobrodružka

Jindřich Plachta

rychtář Pálka, mistr pekařský

Jaroslav Marvan

purkmistr

Gustav Nezval

rychtářský písař Prokop Trubka

František Filipovský

perníkář Flaška

Jára Kohout

punčochář Hypolit Kostík

Meda Valentová

Kostíkova žena

Vilém Pfeiffer

hrabě Bořita z Klokočína

František Kreuzmann

konšel Zvůnek

Helena Bušová

Baruška, Zvůnkova žena

Dana Medřická

konšelova žena

Blažena Slavíčková

panna Dorlička, dcera rychtáře

Anna Vávrová

měšťanka

Miloš Šubrt

konšel Štros

Emil Bolek

krčmář

Jiří Vondrovič

milenec Zvůnkové

Karel Šmíd

doktor

Antonín Soukup

konšel - jedlík

Milada Smolíková

konšelova žena

Marie Buddeusová

měšťanka

Karel Beníško

šafář

Martin Raus

komorník pána z Klokočína Filip

Jaroslav Orlický

dveřník purkmistrův

Ota Motyčka

konšel

Lída Chválová

povětrná žena

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Karel Krpata (Mistr ostrého meče – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Set Designer

Oldřich Novotný

Costume Designer

J. M. Gottlieb

Make-Up Artist

Antonín Riegl

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Production Manager

Václav Dražil, Karel Feix

Music

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Choreographer

Joe Jenčík

Production info

Original Title

Počestné paní pardubické

English Title

The Respectable Women of Pardubice

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production Year

1944

Premiere

06.10.1944

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

94 min

Versions

Czech