A Ditty for a Penny

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1952

Production year

1952

Premiere

17 August 1953

Runtime

88 min

Director

Rudolf Myzet

Category

film

Genre

music, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Písnička za groš

Czech title

Písnička za groš

English title

A Ditty for a Penny

Synopsis

Desk officer for a state Gramophone Company Jakub Veselý criticizes his friend and composer Jan Benda for not writing music which is comprehensible to the workers, music which they could identify with. The clerk in charge of music broadcasts on the radio, Eva, also does not have a high opinion of him for the same reason. Benda likes the young woman but he turns down her request to change his style as well - he has no intention of writing a "song for a penny". Czechoslovak Radio announces a competition for new songs and performers. A song arrives from an unknown composer by the name of Jan Groš [Penny] which Eva likes so much that she decides to sing it herself. The work is very successful and wins the competition. It comes out on record and Jakub and Eva erroneously think that the mysterious songwriter will make himself known. After some time another song arrives at the radio, this time composed to a text by Jakub Veselý. At the Tesla club party the song is to be performed by a Youth Movement ensemble. Jakub announces that the ensemble's conductor has fallen ill and the work can only be conducted by its composer. Only now does Jan Benda, alias Jan Groš, come forward to present himself to the audience who give him a big hand.

Cast

František Hanus

hudební skladatel Jan Benda

Robert Vrchota

referent Gramofonových závodů Jakub Veselý

Zdenka Procházková

sekretářka Čs. rozhlasu Eva Slavíková

Eva Vlachová

dělnice v Tesle Andulka Jiráková

Vilém Besser

Andulčin bratr Mirek, dělník v Tesle

Jana Bittlová

Ivanka, Evina dcera

Miroslav Doležal

dělník v Tesle Karel

Jiřina Bílá

kamarádka Andulky Jarča

Marie Rintová

Jiráková, matka Andulky a Mirka

Soňa Červená

zpěvačka Irena Jonášová

Jiří Joran

hudební skladatel Václav Jonáš, Irenin muž

Rudolf Deyl st.

profesor hudby

Vladimír Svitáček

dělník v Tesle Josef

Marta Májová

posluchačka na koncertě

Zdeněk Hora

klavírista Vilím, referent Čs. rozhlasu

Josef Vošalík

vynálezce Josef Šesták

Ladislav Navrátil

referent Gramofonových závodů Soukup

Jan Drůbek

rozhlasový režisér

Alois Dvorský

muzikant s pozounem

Ferdinand Jarkovský

muzikant s trubkou

Fanda Mrázek

muzikant s klarinetem

Josef Příhoda

muzikant s helikónem

Jiří Maglič

zřízenec v rozhlase

Slávka Rosenbergová

sousedka Jirákových

Vladimír Salač

skladatel Rudolf

Hana Šebestíková

pionýrka Alena

Zdena Pavlátová

prodavačka

Josef Steigl

vrátný v rozhlase

Václav Panoš

pionýr

Jana Klatovská

Crew and creators

Director

Rudolf Myzet

Assistant Director

Vladimír Zelenka, Zdena Pavlátová

Screenstory

František Kožík, Olga Horáková

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Josef Calta

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Jan Paul

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Prokop

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Selected Music

Josef Suk, Bedřich Smetana (Má vlast /Vltava/)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac), Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasu (Music Conducted by Jiří Pinkas), Eva Bernáthová /klavírní sólo/

Songs

V Hodoníně za vojáčka mňa vzali

Songwriter lidová píseň
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer Vilém Besser [dab]Jan Soumar

Budujeme /Teď když máme, co jsme chtěli/

Songwriter Václav Dobiáš

Zpíváme si se skřivánkem

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček
Singer Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasu

U nás jaro nekončí

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček
Singer Pěvecký sbor Čs. rozhlasuZdenka Procházková [dab]Melanie Binnerová

Červený šátek

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček
Singer František Hanusdětský sbor

Píseň o lásce

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Vlastimil Pantůček
Singer František HanusZdenka Procházková [dab]Melanie Binnerová

Production info

Original Title

Písnička za groš

Czech Title

Písnička za groš

English Title

A Ditty for a Penny

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

music, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1952

Production Year

1952

Production specifications

start of filming 15 September 1952
the first film copy approved 11 February 1953
projection approval 25 February 1953 (konec povolení k promítání 25. 2. 1958)

Premiere

premiere 17 August 1953

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 513 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech