One-Way Ticket

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Místenka bez návratu

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

19.02.1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein, Miroslav Sobota

Screenplay

Vladimír Körner

Screenstory

Vladimír Körner

Summary

Detective mysteries appealed to prominent Czech author and screenwriter Vladimír Körner at the beginning of his career. Following his screenplay for Deváté jméno (The Ninth Name, 1963), he penned the script for crime story Místenka bez návratu (One-Way Ticket, 1964). Debuting director Dušan Klein received assistance from Miroslav Sobota in making the film and the script draws on the author’s own wartime experiences. The narrative turns on the discovery of a dead young woman on a train to Stuttgart. Her seat reservation bears the name of Marie Vláčilová. She was travelling to Germany to take the witness stand in the trial of a war criminal… The story goes back in time to present Marie’s previous life: she had been severely scarred by her internment in a concentration camp and by the effective loss of her daughter, sent to Germany for re-education. The motion picture's leading role is taken by Jiřina Šejbalová while the estranged daughter is played by Karla Chadimová. Actress Iva Janžurová, starting out in her career, appears in a cameo role as a girl in a post office.

Synopsis

The corpse of a woman lacking any identification is found in the international express train from Prague to Stuttgart. Her seat-reservation ticket was issued in the name Marie Vláčilová. - Marie Vláčilová is fifty-six years old. She lost her husband in the Second World War, herself having spent several years in the concentration camp, and her only child, little Pavla, was placed in a German family for re-education. After the war, Pavla is found and returned to the native mother but is not able to have a warm relation to her any more. When she is seventeen, she leaves for Berlin on an excursion organized by the youth movement and does not return. Since then, Vláčilová has lived alone. One day, she is asked by the Czechoslovak authorities to go to Germany to give testimony in the trial of a war criminal. Marie is looking forward to seeing her daughter, who has married in the meantime and delivered a son. But, to Marie's surprise, Pavla warns her against attending the trial and giving testimony. Nonetheless, Marie agrees to take the journey. At the last moment, however, she withdraws and gives her seat-reservation ticket to an unknown woman who is later shot on the train. Upon learning about her death, Marie realizes what her duty is.

Cast

Jiřina Šejbalová

vdova Marie Vláčilová

Karla Chadimová

Pavla, Mariina dcera

Jana Zatloukalová

Pavla jako dítě

Marie Vášová

Lída, Mariina přítelkyně

JUDr. Jaroslav Blažek

starší úředník

Oto Ševčík

mladší úředník

Vladimír Erlebach

velitel tábora Rolf Eric Nachtmann

Iva Janžurová

dívka na poště

Jan Maška

fotograf

Svatopluk Matyáš

inženýr Klaus Hassner, Pavlin manžel

Milivoj Uzelac ml.

Mariin vnuk Herbert zvaný Bertík

Dieter Perlwitz

německý závodník Kurt Ringelhahn

Gabriela Vránová

Irenka, Lídina dcera

Radoslav Brzobohatý

Vašek, Irenčin manžel

Vladimír Stach

gestapák

Eva Šolcová

mladá sousedka Věra

Ivan Vyskočil

Martin, Věřin přítel

Josef Větrovec

úředník ministerstva vnitra

Vladimír Huber

listonoš

Ladislav Vičar

strážce

Jarmila Smékalová

sekretářka

Dubbing

Vladimír Čech

hlas staršího úředníka

Vlastimil Hašek

hlas mladšího úředníka

Svatopluk Skládal

hlas fotografa

Jindřich Narenta

hlas gestapáka

Jana Drbohlavová

hlas sousedky Věry

Mirko Musil

hlas soudce

Vladimír Hlavatý

hlas listonoše

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milen Nikolov

Assistant Director

Aleš Dospiva, Anna Pokorná

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Kupšík

Camera Operator

Antonín Vojáček

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Set Designer

Jiří Haller, Ivo Sýkora, Ladislav Rada

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Josef Mojžíš, Vlasta Kolbasová

Unit Production Manager

Milena Andrejsková

Cooperation

Jaroslava Vejvodová, Růžena Hejsková, Jan Kňákal

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Znám bílý dům, Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot, Já mám pěknou zahrádku ku ku

Writer of Lyrics

Heinrich Heine (Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot)

Singer

Karla Chadimová [dab] (Znám bílý dům), dívčí hlas (Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot), dětský sbor (Já mám pěknou zahrádku ku ku)

Production info

Original Title

Místenka bez návratu

English Title

One-Way Ticket

Working Title

Odcizení

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Premiere

19.02.1965

Creative Group

Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala, Ladislav Novotný

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech