Walz for a Million

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production year

1960

Premiere

10 March 1961

Runtime

76 min

Director

Josef Mach

Category

film

Genre

music, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Valčík pro milión

Czech title

Valčík pro milión

English title

Walz for a Million

Working title

Trumpeta

Synopsis

Jana is a member of a dance group from Uherské Hradiště; Franta plays the trumpet in a jazz orchestra of the Agrarian Technical School from Strakonice. They meet in passing on their arrival in Prague at the 2nd nation-wide Spartakiad. Franta likes the pretty girl right from the start and after he finds her later, he invites her to take a walk together in Prague. Jana also likes the young man and she accepts the offer. She thinks Franta is from Prague and he leaves her with this belief fearing he might lose her respect. The two young people spend a magical day together. But the next day Jana discovers that Franta has deceived her. What is more, she finds out that her name is going to be written down on the band's drum next to the names of Franta's previous love affairs. She refuses all his attempts at reconciliation. But the trumpet player doesn't want to lose the girl and he decides to take a risk. He climbs up the flag pole of the Strahov stadium and declares his love to Jana in front of hundreds of thousands of visitors at the Spartakiad. The girl cannot resist such an act and forgives Franta.

Note

The music for the physical culture Spartakiad mass performances was composed by Jan Seehák, Mojmír Balling and Arnošt Košťál.

Cast

Jozef Adamovič

trumpetista Franta

Jiří Hrzán

pozounista Včela

Milan Charvát

klarinetista Jarda

Jiří Zahajský

saxofonista Standa

Antonín Molčík

kytarista Olda

Bronislav Poloczek

flétnista Karel

Ivo Vrzal

muzikant Honza

Petr Mach

bubeník Tonek

Jan Přeučil

basista Pepek

Petr Brožek

muzikant Láďa

Vladimír Ráž

profesor Zika

Heda Škrdlantová

Máša, Janina kamarádka

Jana Drbohlavová

Věra, Janina kamarádka

Hana Talpová

vedoucí cvičenek Vlasta

Oleg Reif

vedoucí cvičenců Halama

Petr Patera

Bořek, Janin kamarád

Milan Neděla

pořadatel

Rudolf Princ

muž s dalekohledem

Lubomír Bryg

prodavač

Eman Fiala

hlídač na stavbě

Josef Kemr

taxikář

Eva Mrázová

světlovlasá dívka

Mirko Musil

průvodce

Jarmila Navrátilová

Milanova matka

Déda Papež

příslušník SNB

Karel Augusta

cvičenec

Hanuš Bor

pionýr

Antonín Novotný

řidič na Karlově mostě

Dubbing

Bohumil Švarc

hlas pořadatele

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Mach

Second Unit Director

Georgis Skalenakis

Assistant Director

Milada Mikešová, Věra Pištěková, Zdenka Pešulová, Jiří Hartman

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Shooting Script

Josef Mach

Director of Photography

Václav Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Josef Hanuš

Camera Operator

Ladislav Chroust

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík, František Rieger

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Koucký, Miloš Stejskal

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť, Jan Seehák (spartakiádní skladby), Mojmír Balling (spartakiádní skladby), Arnošt Košťál (spartakiádní skladby)

Selected Music

Georges Bizet (Carmen /Toreadore smělý/)

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Ivan Preis /sólo na trubku/

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Ať se vám v Praze líbí – píseň), Zdeněk Borovec (Odkud ptáci letí – píseň), L. Binovský (Nevidí, neslyší – píseň)

Songs

Babičko, nauč mně charleston

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť

Ať se vám v Praze líbí

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Miroslav Šuba

Odkud ptáci letí

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Miroslav Šuba

Nevidí, neslyší

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Miroslav Šuba

Podskalák

Production info

Original Title

Valčík pro milión

Czech Title

Valčík pro milión

English Title

Walz for a Million

Working Title

Trumpeta

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

music, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1960

Production Year

1960

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 8 June 1960
technical Screenplay approved 21 June 1960
start of filming 23 June 1960
end of filming 10 October 1960
projection approval 20 December 1960

Premiere

premiere 10 March 1961 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 21 April 1961 /suitable for youths/ (kina Alfa /3 týdny/, Květen /1 týden od 28. 4./ a Svornost /1 týden od 9. 9./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Hanuš – Pavlíček, Ladislav Hanuš (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny), František Pavlíček (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

76 min

Original length in metres

2 167 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66, 1:2,35

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech