Three Men in a Cottage

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Tři chlapi v chalupě

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

25.12.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Mach

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Summary

The eight-part television series based on Jaroslav Dietl’s original idea and screenplay Tři chlapi v chalupě (Three Men in a Cottage) was a big hit on the small screen (although only two episodes have been preserved). In 1963, the series was still fresh in audiences’ memories and this was used by the programmers at Barrandov Studios to make a film of the same name. The protagonists of Josef Bach’s rural comedy are also a grandfather, son, and grandson from the Potůček family, who jointly manage a cottage in Ouplavice. The engagingly conceived plot develops from the social activities of the family trio: Václav is chairman of the local farming collective and his son Venda runs the local youth association. Both of them face various difficulties (including the adroit grandfather, among other things). In the end, however, an honest approach to building a socialist village prevails … The main roles in the film were played by Lubomír Lipský, Jan Skopeček, and Ladislav Trojan, who were actually from the same generation, unlike their characters. When the film was made, they were aged 40, 38, and 31.

Synopsis

Three lonesome men live together in a cottage in the village of Ouplavice - widowed granddad Potůček, his son and chairman of the local Standard Farming Cooperative, Václav Potůček, whose wife ran away from him some time ago, and still single grandson Venda Potůček, chairman of the local organization of the Czechoslovak Youth Movement. Each of them has both private and professional worries. Václav catches neighbour Nedoma stealing the cooperative cement, and Nedoma, out of vengeance, tells him that he is disliked by everyone in the village. The chairman is troubled but still keeps on trying to convince the villagers about the necessity to work thoroughly, at the same time refusing to write false reports to the region on how they are fulfilling their pledges to the socialist cause. Venda, after a quarrel with Boženka, whom he is fond of, resigns his function in the Czechoslovak Youth Movement. The greatest confusion, however, comes from the granddad who, in his good intention to help, causes more harm than good. He persuades the editor of the Agricultural Review that all the piles of waste in the village are compost-heaps which are at the moment required by the regional authorities. The article meant to celebrate the village, which is consequently published, definitely does not do any good for Václav. The neighbouring village Piskoř is to receive a target reward for its successes, which, however, are only on paper. However, the swindles in these reports are revealed and the representative of the ministry of agriculture arrives to Ouplavice. Václav, however, fearlessly tells him in front of all the gathered villagers what he thinks about the situation of those "up and below," and thus again wins the general respect of his fellow-citizens.

Film online

Cast

Lubomír Lipský

děda Potůček

Jan Skopeček

otec Václav Potůček, předseda JZD

Ladislav Trojan

syn Venda Potůček, předseda ČSM

Stella Zázvorková

babi Přibylová

Míla Myslíková

družstevnice Kacířová

Jiřina Steimarová

družstevnice Houfová

Marcela Martínková

družstevnice Vokálková

Čestmír Řanda

kočí František Drda

Otto Šimánek

družstevník a klarinetista Arnošt Kacíř

Josef Beyvl

zedník Nedoma

Josef Kemr

redaktor Zemědělských rozhledů Bursík

Karla Chadimová

členka ČSM Boženka, Vendova láska

Helena Růžičková

družstevnice Zunová

Magdalena Rachlíková

Mařenka Houfová

Martin Růžek

muž z ministerstva

Jaroslav Mareš

okresní tajemník Skřivánek

Vlastimil Hašek

účetní a trumpetista Kořínek

Antonín Šůra

referent ČSM

Zdeněk Braunschläger

družstevník Hanzlík

Oleg Reif

družstevník Krůta

Petr Mach

družstevník Stejskal

Arnošt Faltýnek

hostinský Faltýnek

Jaroslav Cmíral

Potměšil

Dana Hlaváčová

členka ČSM

Jan Milič

mládenec

Rudolf Kalina

mládenec

Pavel Bártl

člen kapely

Karel Hovorka

člen kapely

Gustav Vondráček

člen kapely

František Janát

člen kapely

Bedřich Čapek

muž z okresu

Zdeněk Skalický

muž z okresu

František Kropáček

muž z okresu

Miková

dívka

Commentary

Dubbing

Růžena Merunková

hlas Boženky

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Mach

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Černý

Assistant Director

Magda Číhalová, Eliška Kolaříková

Screenstory

Jaroslav Dietl

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Shooting Script

Josef Mach

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pechar

Camera Operator

Jiří Širc

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Ladislav Krbec, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Jan Kadlec, Jaroslav Koucký

Unit Production Manager

Zdena Křečková

Cooperation

Jana Fassatiová, Bohumil Dudař, Jana Suková

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Oliver Twist, Ach, ta láska nebeská, Až na severní pól /Everybody's Somebody's Fool/, Tovačov, Tovačov, Bábinčin maršovský valčík

Songwriter

Karel Mareš (Oliver Twist), Jiří Šlitr (Ach, ta láska nebeská), Jack Keller (Až na severní pól /Everybody's Somebody's Fool/), Jaroslav Křička (Bábinčin maršovský valčík)

Writer of Lyrics

Rostislav Černý (Oliver Twist), Jiří Suchý (Ach, ta láska nebeská), Vladimír Dvořák (herec) (Až na severní pól /Everybody's Somebody's Fool/)

Singer

Lubomír Lipský (Oliver Twist), Lubomír Lipský (Ach, ta láska nebeská), Lubomír Lipský (Až na severní pól /Everybody's Somebody's Fool/), Lubomír Lipský (Tovačov, Tovačov)

Production info

Original Title

Tři chlapi v chalupě

English Title

Three Men in a Cottage

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

25.12.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech