The Determined Lady

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Odvážná slečna

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production year

1969

Premiere

10.04.1970

Language version

Czech

Director

František Filip

Screenplay

Otto Zelenka

Screenstory

Vratislav Blažek, Otto Zelenka

Summary

The unjustly forgotten tragicomedy Odvážná slečna (The Determined Lady) was drawn from screenwriter Vratislav Blažek’s made-for-television film Obžalovaná (The Accused, 1969), in which Jana Hlaváčová starred under Jaroslav Dudek’s direction. Blažek, with his colleague Otto Zelenka, adapted and expanded the comedy into a feature film, which František Filip directed in 1969. The heroine is a seemingly unassuming court stenographer –the spinster Miss Míková. Unable to sit by and watch divorcing parents bicker shamelessly in the courts over money, over time she kidnaps five emotionally neglected children, giving them a loving home. Chairman of the Senate František Kroupa (who falls for Miss Míková), and even the official judicial system, must capitulate to this uncompromising lady... This is an unconventional film that reflects the social realities and ideals of the Prague Spring. Jiřina Bohdalová and Josef Kemr excel in the lead roles.

Synopsis

Doctor of Laws Kroupa is appointed the new chairman of the senate of the civil court, replacing Doctor of Laws Smolík. He takes over from the brand new pensioner both the office and the secretary, Zdenka Miková. The man is fond of the young woman and soon feels more than sympathy for her. Zdenka borrows three hundred crowns from him, and instead of the money, she returns him a cute puppy. Kroupa judges the case of the Strnad couple, who are arguing over the alimony for their three-year old Věruška, but both the parents are apparently indifferent to the daughter herself. The judge suggests placing the kid into a child's home. Kroupa, in love, spots Zdenka over the shop window of a self-service store and, to his horror, observes the young woman stealing cans. The judge requires an explanation and Zdenka takes him to visit her village, where her father, a pack of hounds and four little children live. Kroupa is unhappy, considering the kids the consequence of the light-minded life of the unmarried Zdenka. He, however, soon finds out that the young woman kidnapped the kids from their own, indifferent and sometimes even brutal parents after meeting them as a registration clerk at the court, and devotedly provided them with a loving family. Kroupa forces Zdenka who falsified the adoption documents to report herself to the police. In a fairy-tale ending, the woman appears in front of the court where she is sentenced only symbolically and, upon accepting Kroupa's offer to marry her, reveals that she will have a baby with him.

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Cast

Jiřina Bohdalová

sekretářka Zdenka Miková

Josef Kemr

JUDr. František Kroupa, předseda senátu

Stella Zázvorková

Anežka, Kroupova sestra

Václav Voska

předseda senátu JUDr. Smolík

Zdeněk Kryzánek

mlynář Mika, Zdenin otec

Lubomír Lipský

Josef Provazník

Slávka Budínová

Provazníkova žena

Josef Šob

dvojče Standa Provazník

David Šob

dvojče Jirka Provazník

Marta Richterová

Strnadova žena

Milada Pešková

Věruška, dcera Strnadových

Darja Hajská

Věruščina babička

Jaroslav Moučka

kapitán VB Sejček

Roman Skamene

Karel Sládek, Zdenčin chráněnec

Jitka Barcalová

Manka Hovorková, Zdenčina chráněnka

Alena Kreuzmannová

sociální pracovnice Patočková

Růžena Lysenková

sociální pracovnice Nohejlová

Milica Kolofíková

sociální pracovnice Kárná

Mirko Musil

strážmistr VB

Vladimír Menšík

tajemník MNV Robek

Jiří Dimitrov

tajemníkův syn

Bedřich Prokoš

předseda senátu

Zdeněk Dohnal

soudce z lidu

Eduard Pavlíček

soudce z lidu

Josef Langmiler

prokurátor

Ladislav Gzela

starý pán v parku

Josef Hlinomaz

vrátný

Svatopluk Skládal

číšník

Jaroslav Cmíral

redaktor Tonda

Luďa Marešová

redaktorka

Věra Budilová

Machová

Václav Šrámek

mladý redaktor

Ivan Minář

fotograf

Jaroslav Tomsa

příslušník VB

Karel Vítek

příslušník VB

K. Veselý

zřízenec

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloslav Čech

Assistant Director

Jan Kratochvíl, Libuše Vaněčková

Screenplay

Otto Zelenka

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský, Ladislav Chroust

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris, Josef Pechar

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Stanislav Krejča, Karel Lukáš, Karel Smrž

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Petr Kajtar

Consultant

dr. Hanuš Nor

Cooperation

Růžena Bedriová, Jarmila Müllerová, Erika Vojáčková, Karel Vacek

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Odvážná slečna

English Title

The Determined Lady

Working Title

Odhodlaná slečna

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1969

Premiere

10.04.1970

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech