One-Way Ticket

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production year

1964

Premiere

19 February 1965

Runtime

77 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Místenka bez návratu

Czech title

Místenka bez návratu

English title

One-Way Ticket

Working title

Odcizení

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

Dubbing Vladimír Čech
starší úředník

Oto Ševčík

Dubbing Vlastimil Hašek
mladší úředník

Vladimír Erlebach

velitel tábora Rolf Eric Nachtmann

Iva Janžurová

dívka na poště

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

Eva Šolcová

Dubbing Jana Drbohlavová
mladá sousedka Věra

Ivan Vyskočil

Martin, Věřin přítel

Josef Větrovec

úředník ministerstva vnitra

Jarmila Smékalová

sekretářka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milen Nikolov

Assistant Director

Aleš Dospiva

Script Supervisor

Anna Pokorná

Director of Photography

Václav Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Kupšík

Camera Operator

Antonín Vojáček

Production Designer

Karel Škvor

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Kňákal

Set Designer

Jiří Haller, Ivo Sýkora, Ladislav Rada

Assistant Film Editor

Růžena Hejsková

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 (klapka)

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Songs

Znám bílý dům

Singer Karla Chadimová [dab]

Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot

Writer of Lyrics Heinrich Heine
Singer dívčí hlas

Já mám pěknou zahrádku ku ku

Singer dětský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Místenka bez návratu

Czech Title

Místenka bez návratu

English Title

One-Way Ticket

Working Title

Odcizení

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1964

Production Year

1964

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 25 April 1963
technical Screenplay approved 18 November 1963
start of filming 12 February 1964
end of filming 27 July 1964
projection approval 23 October 1964

Premiere

preview 22 January 1965 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 5 February 1965 /suitable for youths/ (kino Lucerna /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 19 February 1965 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 194 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech