Three Buttons

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production year

1943—1944

Runtime

29 min

Category

film

Genre

educational, instructional

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Tři knoflíky

Czech title

Tři knoflíky

English title

Three Buttons

Parallel title

Drei Knöpfe

Synopsis

One night Karel Pinc returns from a night on the town. His room-mate, the musician Ferda, gets back even later, drunk. Together they mirthfully recall how Karel cut three buttons off the councillor's coat without him knowing. Karel, a salesman in a men's clothing shop, does not get to work in good shape. But he nevertheless tells his boss that one day he will take over the shop from him. The older man points out how much Karel still has to learn. Karel must realise, he says, that he represents the business even outside working hours. That means he will dress smartly and will not talk slightingly of the things he sells. Also his behaviour with his girlfriend is not in order. Karel is ashamed of his mistakes. Finally he creeps into the cafe cloakroom and sews the buttons back onto the councillor's coat.

Note

The filming started in autumn 1943. The negative of the finished film was burnt during a fire at the laboratories in February 1944. It was filmed again in October 1944. The film was meant only for closed film performances in the Baťa companies.

Cast

Miloš Steimar

prodavač Karel Pinc

František Šlégr

majitel obchodu Tlapák

Eduard Dubský

muzikant Ferda Zmatlík

Anděla Novotná

šatnářka Plačková

Zuzana Danielová

Emilka, Karlova dívka

Josef Beyvl

dělník

Josef Karel

Oskar Linhart

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Miroslav Hubáček

Director of Photography

Pavel Hrdlička, Josef Míček

Sound Designer

František Černý

Production Manager

Josef Dobřichovský

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Production info

Original Title

Tři knoflíky

Czech Title

Tři knoflíky

English Title

Three Buttons

Parallel Title

Drei Knöpfe

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

educational, instructional

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production Year

1943—1944

Production specifications

date of censorship 22 February 1945 (bez predikátu /pouze pro uzavřená představení podniků Baťa/)

Premiere

premiere 02/1945 /suitable for youths/ (pouze pro uzavřená představení podniků Baťa)

Production

ČMÚ, Bapoz Zlín (zadavatel)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

FAB Zlín

Distribution

ČMÚ

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

29 min

Original length in metres

820 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