Imperial and Royal Field Marshal

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

C. a k. polní maršálek

Runtime

105

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1930

Production year

1930

Premiere

24.10.1930

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Lamač

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Summary

This musical comedy from 1930 – recognised as among the films in which Vlasta Burian, who started off in cabarets and the theatre, began fully exerting his comedic abilities – was inspired by Emil Arthur Longen’s theatrical farce. The story’s protagonist is a former Austro-Hungarian army captain, František Procházka, who pines for the military life even after his early retirement. Whilst visiting his nephew Rudi, stationed at a remote garrison, Procházka is mistaken for a dreaded field marshal who is due to come inspect the troops. He relishes playing the role – the mix-up has come following a series of unfortunate events, including Rudi’s wedding – and sings some bouncy ditties by Jára Beneš, including the title song. Director Karel Lamač, in line with the contemporary practice, formed a production company for the original film and German language version (featuring a German cast, apart from Burian in the leading role) called Ondra-Lamac-Film. A year later, he formed another company, Standard, for the French language version (with a French cast).

Synopsis

Captain in the Imperial and Royal Army František Procházka has been prematurely retired because his soldiers were caught singing a prohibited song about the field marshal. Procházka has however remained a soldier body and soul. He decides to visit his nephew Rudi who is serving in Galicia. The remote garrison is commanded by colonel Přecechtěl - or rather by his energetic wife who is anxious to marry off her only daughter Lili off to the worldly cavalry officer Géza von Medák. But Lili prefers the handsome Rudi. The garrison is notified that the field marshal will be making an inspection incognito. Uncle Procházka arrives in search of Rudi. He happens to find a field marshal's uniform in a wardrobe and tries it on out of curiosity. Everybody takes him for the field marshal, and captain Procházka takes to the role marvellously. After the welcoming ceremony he arranges a field exercise, dines with the colonel's wife and spends the remainder of the evening with the officers at the theatre. Cavalry officer Medák is revealed as a long-sought spy. The real field marshal arrives the next day. He takes such a liking to Procházka that he forgives him, promotes him to the rank of major and appoints him his deputy. Rudi then marries Lili.

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Cast

Vlasta Burian

František Procházka, setník v. v./Napoleon Bonaparte ve snu

Theodor Pištěk

plukovník Alois Přecechtěl

Helena Monczáková

plukovníkova žena

Máňa Ženíšková

Lili, plukovníkova dcera

Jiří Hron

poručík Rudi Eberle, Procházkův synovec

Čeněk Šlégl

rytmistr hrabě Géza von Medák

Jan W. Speerger

vojenský sluha Sepl

Jindřich Plachta

kronikář pluku nadporučík Hofer

Ivo Richard Stuchlý

rytmistr Hřebík

Josef Hořánek

pravý c. a k. polní maršálek

Jaroslav Marvan

sluha pravého polního maršálka

Milka Balek-Brodská

hospodyně u Procházky

Olga Augustová

kabaretní zpěvačka Pavla Garbo

Eman Fiala

kabaretní zpěvák Gustav Jannings

Josef Rovenský

starosta městečka

Eduard Šlégl

stoletý občan František Fleischhans

Josef Kytka

důstojník

Robert Ford

důstojník

Václav Mlčkovský

důstojník

Otto Heller

voják

Felix Kühne

voják

Marie Pinusová

číšnice hospody „U kanonu“

Jindřich Edl

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Antonín Šolc

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Eduard Šlégl

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Alfred Schlesinger

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Alois Charvát

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Filip Balek-Brodský

návštěvník hospody „U kanonu“

Jan Hilbert Vávra

zpěvák v hospodě „U kanonu“

Emil Dlesk

člen Napoleonovy družiny ve snu

Karel Schleichert

člen Napoleonovy družiny ve snu

Alexander Třebovský

člen Napoleonovy družiny ve snu

Roza Schlesingerová

návštěvnice kabaretu

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Based on

Emil Artur Longen (C. a k. polní maršálek – divadelní hra)

Production Designer

Heinrich Richter

Film Editor

Karel Lamač

Sound Designer

Helmuth Neumann

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš

Songs

C. a k. polní maršálek, Hospodská (Číš poslední), Tys láska má, Ve sklepě sedím hlubokém

Songwriter

Jára Beneš (C. a k. polní maršálek), Jára Beneš (Hospodská (Číš poslední)), Jára Beneš (Tys láska má)

Writer of Lyrics

Emanuel Brožík (C. a k. polní maršálek), Emanuel Brožík (Hospodská (Číš poslední)), Emanuel Brožík (Tys láska má)

Singer

Vlasta Burian (C. a k. polní maršálek), Olga Augustová (C. a k. polní maršálek), Jan Hilbert Vávra (Hospodská (Číš poslední)), Olga Augustová (Tys láska má), Máňa Ženíšková (Tys láska má), Vlasta Burian (Ve sklepě sedím hlubokém)

Production info

Original Title

C. a k. polní maršálek

English Title

Imperial and Royal Field Marshal

Copyright

1930

Production Year

1930

Premiere

24.10.1930

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Versions

Czech