The Stone Table Inn

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hostinec „U kamenného stolu“

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

23.09.1949

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Gruss

Screenplay

Otakar Vávra, Vlastimil Rada

Screenstory

Otakar Vávra, Vlastimil Rada

Summary

This film represents the sole – albeit accomplished – directorial effort of actor and occasional screenwriter Josef Gruss. Adapted by Otakar Vávra from a 1941 comedic novel by Karel Poláček, Hostinec „U kamenného stolu“ (The Stone Table Inn) was made in 1948, but only found its way into cinemas in September 1949 – by which time the recent communist putsch had begun to lead to the censorship of Czechoslovak cinema. The film is set during the easygoing (pre-Nazi occupation) days of the First Republic, taking place in a pub in the fictional spa town of Džbery. A feud between the married owners, Božena and Šimon Tatrmuž, is causing the regular guests a headache. Two brothers who haven’t spoken for years – Tomáš and Spytihněv (played by Rudolf Hrušínský and Svatopluk Beneš), who are nephews of Božena – take charge of the prosperous but now paralysed business.

Synopsis

Year 1925. Same as every year, the family of the official Dyndera come to have their holiday in the small spa resort Džbery, and, as usual, they stay in the At the Stone Table inn. Spytihněv and Tomáš, the nephews of the Tatrmuž married couple who are the owners of the inn, come to stay with them for the holiday. They haven't spoken to each other since they quarreled about a glass marble as little boys. From the moment of their arrival, Spytihněv and Tomáš are fascinated by Dyndera's daughters, Věra and Alena, and they start to flirt with them. A promising start to the holiday idyll is disturbed by the owner's wife Božena running off with Beno Mertens, an actor from the travelling company. Unhappy Tatrmuž shuts himself inside his room and the nephews have to take over the running of the business, changing places as manager and head waiter each week. The inn is not quite flourishing under their management. The Dyndera family can't stand seeing Tatrmuž's grief and the bankruptcy of the company so they decide to act. The energetic wife of the official finds the innkeeper's wife and persuades her to come back. A few remaining guests welcome Božena back warmly, Tatrmuž forgives his wife, and the nephews can devote themselves to their girls, who manage to reconcile the two young men.

Note

The novel was published in 1941, when Karel Poláček, being a Jew, was not allowed to publish, and Vlastimil Rada covered the author under his name.

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Cast

Saša Rašilov

hostinský Šimon Tatrmuž

Jiřina Šejbalová

hostinská Božena, Tatrmužova manželka

Svatopluk Beneš

Tomáš, Tatrmužův synovec

Rudolf Hrušínský

Spytihněv, Tomášův bratr

Stanislav Neumann

rada Rudolf Dyndera, soudce v. v.

Růžena Šlemrová

Cecílie, Dynderova manželka

Dagmar Frýbortová

Věra, dcera Dynderových

Dagmar Sedláčková

Alena, dcera Dynderových

Antonín Mikulič

Lubomír, syn Dynderových

Jiří Plachý

tragéd mistr Beno Mertens

Josef Chvalina

advokátní písař Alois Netrefný zvaný Percy

Václav Špidla

bankovní účetní Ondřej Badalec zvaný Gaston

Milada Smolíková

kuchařka Terezka

Emil Bolek

podomek Hanzlián

Václav Trégl

nervózní host v restauraci

Jindra Hermanová

manželka nervózního hosta

Věra Kalendová

nevěsta Blaženka

František Černý

svatební host Bedřich

Josef Vošalík

otec nevěsty

Dagmar Zikánová

služebná v kuchyni

František Roland

ředitel divadelní společnosti Bóža Kolbaba-Lipský

Jindřich Láznička

vrchní Antonín

Richard Záhorský

výrobce rakví Damián Rozmajzl

Marie Nademlejnská

Rozmajzlova žena

Jiří Valenta

student filozofie Jindřich Kebrle, Lubomírův domácí učitel

F. X. Mlejnek

divák na představení

Jan W. Speerger

divák na představení

František Marek

muž ve dveřích krámu

Milka Balek-Brodská

host v hotelu

Stanislav Novák

lovec autogramů

Zdeněk Borovec

lovec autogramů

Stanislav Fišer

mladík v restauraci

Bolek Prchal

sázející se muž

Commentary

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Gruss

Script Supervisor

Zdeňka Petřková (zápis)

Based on

Karel Poláček (Hostinec „U kamenného stolu" – román)

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Miroslav Pelc

Costume Designer

Adolf Wenig

Make-Up Artist

Antonín Riegl

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Production Manager

František Milič

Unit Production Manager

Ivo Novák

Music

Music Composed by

Sláva Eman Nováček

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO)

Songs

Ach, proč mi serdce nedáte, Kdybych já věděl, že zítra umřu, Jenom ty mě, můj koníčku, Štěstí potkáš jenom jednou, Tango argentino

Singer

Rudolf Hrušínský (Ach, proč mi serdce nedáte), Svatopluk Beneš (Ach, proč mi serdce nedáte), Rudolf Hrušínský (Kdybych já věděl, že zítra umřu), Věra Kalendová (Jenom ty mě, můj koníčku), Josef Kotapiš (Jenom ty mě, můj koníčku), František Černý (Jenom ty mě, můj koníčku), Rudolf Hrušínský (Štěstí potkáš jenom jednou), Svatopluk Beneš (Štěstí potkáš jenom jednou), Dagmar Sedláčková (Štěstí potkáš jenom jednou), Dagmar Frýbortová (Štěstí potkáš jenom jednou)

Locations

Lázně Libverda

Production info

Original Title

Hostinec „U kamenného stolu“

English Title

The Stone Table Inn

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Premiere

23.09.1949

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Vávra – Feix, Karel Feix, Otakar Vávra (umělecký šéf)

Technical info

Versions

Czech