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The Blue Star Hotel (1941)

Hotel Modrá hvezda (original title)
Zuzanka (Natasa Gollová) can finally stop toiling away at washing dishes at hotel Mercur after a distant aunt has bequeathed her her own hotel - Blue Star. She proudly marches over to the ... See full summary »

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Zuzana - heritor
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Vladimír Rychta Rohan
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Milada Landová
Ella Nollová ...
Thief in Hotel Modrá Hvezda (as E. Nollová)
Marie Nademlejnská ...
Miss Fafejtová - owner of Hotel Merkur (as M. Nademlejká)
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Jirka Tuma - musician
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Zdenek Junek - cook (as Lad. Pesek)
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Frantisek Sojka - poet (as Ant. Novotný)
Karel Dostal ...
Reditel hotelového koncernu (as K. Dostál)
Karel Cerný ...
Milada's father (as K. Cerný)
Cenek Slégl ...
Reditel hotelu (as C. Slégel)
Frantisek Roland ...
Notár (as Fr. Roland)
Vojtech Novák ...
Psychiatr (as V. Novák)
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Zrízenec hlídaci spolecnosti (as J. Kohout)
Ferenc Futurista ...
Opilec (as F. Futurista)
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Zuzanka (Natasa Gollová) can finally stop toiling away at washing dishes at hotel Mercur after a distant aunt has bequeathed her her own hotel - Blue Star. She proudly marches over to the luxury hotel in the center of town and immediately begins to change the personnel. Because this involves the facilities belonging to a joint-stock company, which no one can inherit, she is considered insane. It comes out that her inheritance is in reality a small, shabby little hotel of the same name in the IV town district. The personnel are three unemployed youths who in this way work off the money they owe for rent. The first guest is wealthy Vladimír Rychta Rohan (Oldrich Nový), whose parents spent their honeymoon in this very hotel. He wants to celebrate his wedding there, with which his fiancée Milada (Adina Mandlová), who is waiting for him at the luxurious Blue Star, does not concur. Written by NFA.cz

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28 August 1941 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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The song Slunecnice singing by Inka Zemánková. See more »

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Because the film was produced at the time when Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Germans, the credits appear in German (left side of the screen) and Czech (right) at the same time. See more »

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Charming light comedy
25 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This film is now available on DVD in the Czech Republic. The DVD can be played with English language subtitles.

Terrifically charming light comedy about a young Czech girl (Natasa Gallova, who was really 29, though you wouldn't know it to look at her) who inherits a run-down hotel where three jazz musicians have been living rent free. Gallova is adorable, and I hope I can find more films with her. I was surprised to find on IMDb that, after a period of time away from the screen, she returned in the mid 1950s and continued to work for some years. She even had a small role in Juraj Herz wonderfully bizarre black comedy, "The Cremator" in 1969.

This delightful piece of escapist entertainment was made during World War Two, but there is no indication in the story of any war. There is no hint of propaganda, only fun and music, swing music for that matter. So if the Germans were cracking down degenerate art, swing doesn't seem to have been on the list, at least not in occupied Bohemia.

Dependable actor Oldrich Novy plays the rich playboy industrialist who is set on staying at the old hotel because his parents spent their honeymoon there. Adina Mandlova is his pretty, though stubborn, fiancée, who insists on planting herself at a modern hotel in a better district of the city, which has the same name.

The existence of two Blue Star Hotels in two different districts of the city is device used to create confusion in a number of situations, but the plot is much more inventive than that simple set-up, and the film is great fun. It is marred slightly only by a final conclusion that is brought about rather abruptly. Still, I greatly enjoyed The Blue Star Hotel.


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