Two men in bowler hats in An Old Gangster's Molls (1927)
Two men in bowler hats in An Old Gangster's Molls (1927)
An Old Gangster’s Molls (1927)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

An Old Gangster’s Molls

Svatopluk Innemann | Czechoslovakia | 1927 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 27 Sep 2023

This helter-skelter silent screwball comedy classic is a breathless mélange of assumed and mistaken identities, chase sequences, doppelgängers and fantasised murders. Anny Ondra (the original “Hitchcock blonde” in 1929’s Blackmail) puts in a hilarious turn as Fifi, one of the great screen flappers, opposite gangly Czech comic genius Vlasta Burian, who appears in two roles. With cinematography by the great Otto Heller (The Crimson Pirate), this 2014 restoration features a score perfectly attuned to the mayhem by contemporary Czech silent film music specialists, Neuvěřitelno.

Digital print courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.

Format: DCP
Language: Czech with English subtitles
Source: National Film Archive in Prague
Runtime: 106 mins

Event duration

106 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

This season charts 50 years of a peculiarly antic, extraordinarily inventive strain of popular comedy from Czechoslovakia, spanning the late silent era through to the end of the 1970s. It highlights the extraordinary comedic talents of performers still famed domestically but too little known in the anglophone world...

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