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Once Upon a Time, There Was a King... (1955)

02/01/1955 (CZ) FamilyComedyFantasy 1h 47m
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A selfish self-centered widowed ruler, barely tolerated by his subjects and called appropriately enough, 'King Myself, First' asks his three daughters to name the measure of their love for him. When one of them says, "more than salt", he banishes her from the kingdom. Not understanding what she meant the King assumes love can only be measured by precious metals or one's own talent, the 'correct' answers from his other two daughters. The arrogance of the King leads him to gather all the salt in the kingdom and destroy it. Of course, this backfires as he slowly learns the universal value of the substance, and of course, the essence of his daughter's reply. With the help of the wise and magical old 'herb woman', the King also learns what it means to be a true and wise ruler.

  1. Bořivoj Zeman

    Director, Writer

  2. Božena Němcová


  3. Oldřich Kautský


  4. Henryk Bloch


Top Billed Cast

  1. Milena Dvorská

    Milena Dvorská

    princezna Maruška

  2. Jan Werich

    Jan Werich

    král Já I.

  3. Vlasta Burian

    Vlasta Burian

    kacléř Atakdále

  4. Irena Kačírková

    princezna Drahomíra

  5. Miloš Kopecký

    Miloš Kopecký

    chytrý princ

  6. Stella Májová

    Stella Májová

    princezna Zpěvanka

  7. Lubomír Lipský

    Lubomír Lipský

    chrabrý princ

  8. Miroslav Horníček

    Miroslav Horníček

    krásný princ

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Once Upon a Time, There Was a King...

Original Title Byl jednou jeden král

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Original Language Czech

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