Angel in the Mountains

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Anděl na horách

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1955

Production year

1955

Premiere

25.11.1955

Language version

Czech

Director

Bořivoj Zeman

Screenplay

Josef Neuberg, František Vlček

Screenstory

Josef Neuberg, František Vlček

Summary

Following the success of 1952’s Dovolená s Andělem (Holiday with Angel), director Bořivoj Zeman returned to the character of the curmudgeonly ticket inspector Gustav Anděl with this loose 1955 sequel. While in the first film, the protagonist travelled to a summer trade union camp, in Anděl na horách (Angel in the Mountains) the character visits the summertime High Tatra Mountains. However, this time Mr. Anděl – reflecting the post-Stalin-era slight loosening of political repressions – focuses more on personal problems than social ones related to “building a better future”. For the inspector’s son has become engaged to a certain Věra, and the conservative father wants to see if the young woman measures up. However, Anděl mistakenly confuses the pleasant young future bride with a woman of far looser morals. Jaroslav Marvan excels in the lead role in this popular comedy, once again superbly supported by Josef Kemr in the role of cellist Vyhlídka. Though this represented one of the most successful Czechoslovak films of the 1950s, a planned second sequel, in which Anděl was to visit the seaside, was unfortunately never produced.

Synopsis

Three young employees of Spofana Company, Zdeněk Soukup, his girlfriend Věra Novotná and their friend Věra Matoušková were rewarded for excellent work by a vacation in the mountain resort of Tatranská Lomnica. The Prague Transport Company controller Gustav Anděl also travels to the same destination as a reward. He does not know yet Věra, future wife of his son Mirek, and has decided to secretly check her behaviour in the absence of her fiancée. By mistake he considers Věra Novotná to be his son's girlfriend, and so his investigations cause him plenty of embarrassments. Nevertheless he enjoys his stay in the mountains, because he has met there Bohouš Vyhlídka, whom he has befriended during summer vacation two years ago. Meanwhile in Prague Mrs Andělová helps Věra's mother to exchange flats, so that their children would have a place of their own. During a trip to the Lomnický štít three holidaymakers are stuck in fog in a mountain cabin. So far Gustav Anděl was desperate because of the behaviour of his future daughter-in-law, who embraced Zdeněk all the time, and only there he finally notices he has mistaken her for Věra Matoušková. Now he is content, because this Věra is a perfect match for his son.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

revizor Dopravního podniku Gustav Anděl

Milada Želenská

Eliška, Andělova manželka

Jaroslav Mareš

montér Mirek, syn Andělových

Josef Kemr

Bohouš Vyhlídka

Stella Zázvorková

Mánička, Vyhlídkova žena

Rudolf Deyl ml.

rekreační referent Puleček

Milena Dvorská

Věra Matoušková, Mirkova milá

Karol Machata

Zdeněk Soukup

Helena Loubalová

Věra Novotná, Zdeňkova milá

Vlasta Fabianová

Matoušková, Věřina matka

Mária Hájková

slovenská rekreantka Kolesárová

Inocenc Březina

horník Josef Maruščák

Theodor Pištěk

předseda závodní rady Dopravních podniků

Jaroslav Rozsíval

správce chaty na Lomnickém štítě

Branislav Koreň

správce zotavovny

Emil Bolek

předseda závodní rady Spofany

František Filipovský

rekreační referent Mejzlík

Stella Májová

sekretářka závodní rady

Arnošt Faltýnek

cestující v tramvaji

Jiří Hurta

Valenta

Darja Hajská

žena s šátkem v tramvaji

Milada Horutová

dáma v kožichu v lanovce

Gustav Hrdlička

rekreant jedoucí do Beskyd

Miroslava Langová

průvodčí v tramvaji

Marcela Sedláčková

pracovnice Spofany

Jiří Valenta

člen závodní rady

Vladimír Salač

rekreant s kytarou

Karel Exner

rekreant

Josef Buchar

O. Brauner

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Květa Ondráková, Zdeněk Maršálek, Štěpán Skalský

Camera

Jan Roth

Camera Operator

Josef Pechar, Josef Pávek

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský, Jaromír Lauda (maškarní scény)

Make-Up Artist

Gustav Hrdlička

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný

Production Manager

Rudolf Hájek

Unit Production Manager

Vlastimil Maršálek

Music

Music Composed by

Dalibor C. Vačkář

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Songs

Kytička bílá

Singer

Vladimír Salač (Kytička bílá)

Production info

Original Title

Anděl na horách

English Title

Angel in the Mountains

Copyright

1955

Production Year

1955

Premiere

25.11.1955

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech