The Plain Old Maid

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Ošklivá slečna

Runtime

70 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

12.06.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Hubáček

Synopsis

The middle-aged accountant inspector Hana Kalvodová has to make an audit in the Záře publishing house where there has been a embezzlement. Editor Jiří Štefl introduces her to the core of the problem. Karel Čírkovský, who was collecting subscription money, cheated the company by taking half of that money for himself. When he realized that his fraud was going to be revealed he escaped abroad. Štefl likes Hana and after a few days an emotional relationship grows between them. The strict woman starts looking younger and more beautiful. Čírkovský's mother wants to pay back the money for her son but the amount proves much bigger than the old lady thought it was. Hana keeps going through the bills and receipts and finally reaches a sad conclusion. Čírkovský really only stole a small sum. After his escape, manager Hronek continued misappropriating the funds with Jiří Štefl's help. Jiří got himself into debt and difficulties after his wife's tragic death. Hronek helped him then and thus obliged Jiří to keep silent about everything. Jiří doesn't want to go to jail, because he really loves Hana. However, Hana couldn't live with the feeling of complicity in their crime. She promises Jiří that she will wait for him while he serves his sentence.

Cast

Dana Medřická

účetní revizorka Hana Kalvodová

Karel Höger

Jiří Štefl, vedoucí nakladatelství Záře

Otakar Brousek

ředitel nakladatelství Boleslav Hronek

Světla Amortová

Čírkovská, matka defraudanta Karla

František Holar

vrchní Pepíček

Valentina Thielová

úřednice Eva

Vladimír Menšík

vrátný v hotelu

Václav Lohniský

vedoucí Štolfa

Nelly Gaierová

barmanka Božena

Jaroslav Heyduk

Karlíček

Irena Juřičková

dívka v kavárně

Jan Maška

vrátný

Jana Hrdličková

Evina přítelkyně

Antonín Kubový

portýr Grigevič

Jiří Jirmal

kytarista

Karel Krautgartner

klarinetista

Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera

orchestr ve vinárně

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Oldřich Daněk

Assistant Director

Anna Lackovičová, Miroslav Kubišta

Screenstory

Oldřich Daněk

Screenplay

Oldřich Daněk

Camera Operator

Eduard Kadeřábek, Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Antonín Bedřich

Unit Production Manager

Antonín Kubový

Music

Music Composed by

Jan F. Fischer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Plují lodi do Triany

Songwriter

Jan F. Fischer (Plují lodi do Triany)

Production info

Original Title

Ošklivá slečna

English Title

The Plain Old Maid

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

12.06.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Daniel, František Daniel, Karel Feix

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

70 min

Versions

Czech