Getting a Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production year

1926

Premiere

12 November 1926

Runtime

99 min

Director

Karel Lamač

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Film state

lost film

Original title

Velbloud uchem jehly

Czech title

Velbloud uchem jehly

English title

Getting a Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

Synopsis

Pešta lives with his family on the outskirts of a large town. He does not want to work and he earns his living by begging. One day he incites the compassion of members of a voluntary group and they give him financial support. One of the group members, the wealthy Alík Vilím, also falls in love with Pešta's daughter Zuzka. Before Zuzka goes to meet Vilím, her mother advises her to be careful and she tells of her misfortunate experiences with rich men. The girl does not heed the advice of her mother, however, and she stays the night with Alík. Vilím's father, the owner of a soap factory, organises a competition for an advertising poster. Zuzka sends in her photograph to the competition and she wins a considerable sum of prize money. Alík's father finds out about his son's love affair and he tries to get him to finish it. Alík is in love, however, and he decides to leave his father's house to work with his beloved in the dairy which she has started up with her winnings. Lili wants Alík for herself and she prepares a trap for him. When it is discovered that Zuzka is her step-sister and that she and Alík are expecting a child, she - along with everyone else - consents to the wedding. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

The film materials are believed lost.

Cast

Anny Ondráková

dcera Peštových Zuzka/Lili Webrová

Theodor Pištěk

návštěvník mlékárny

Karel Lamač

Alík Vilím

Hugo Thimig

továrník Joe Vilím, Alíkův otec

Ela Laušmanová

Webrová, matka Lili

Čeněk Šlégl

Lilin ctitel Berka

František Havel

rada Andrejs

Karel Noll

ředitel Bezchyba

Joe Lars

komorník

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Second Unit Director

Rudolf Stahl

Based on

František Langer (Velbloud uchem jehly – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Karel Degl

Production Designer

Arthur Berger

Production info

Original Title

Velbloud uchem jehly

Czech Title

Velbloud uchem jehly

English Title

Getting a Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

lost film

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production Year

1926

Premiere

preview 9 November 1926 (kino Světozor, Praha)
premiere 12 November 1926 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Passage, Radio a Světozor, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Sascha Vídeň

Distribution

Kinema

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

99 min

Original length in metres

2 820 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech