Ferdyš Pištora Turns Over a New Leaf

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production year

1931

Premiere

1 January 1932

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory

Czech title

Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory

English title

Ferdyš Pištora Turns Over a New Leaf

Synopsis

Safe-cracker Ferdyš Pištora attempts to rob a villa owned by the banker Rosenštok. At that moment a fire breaks out and Ferdyš happens to be around to save the life of the banker's two young children. He is treated like the great hero and Rosenštok gives him a job as a messenger at his bank. From this moment on, Ferdyš's life changes completely. He becomes a moralist and he terrorises his whole environment with his preaching. He falls in love with Terezka, a sister from the Salvation Army. His former lover Irma is jealous of her, they have an argument and, in her anger, Terezka makes up a story that she killed her child and buried her in the cellar. Ferdyš believes this story and, in order to save her, he intends to give her money he was supposed to hand in at the bank. Irma's jealousy drives her to inform the police and she tells them that Ferdyš had planned to rob the banker's villa; for this Ferdyš is arrested. Rosenštok puts in a good word for him, however, and he is released. Terezka admits that she had invented the story about murdering her own child and, having rid herself of this burden, is then able to look forward to celebrating her wedding with Ferdyš.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

kasař Ferdyš Pištora

Jindřich Plachta

drožkář Pištora, Ferdyšův otec

Zvonimir Rogoz

kníže Petr Ivanovič Dolgorov

Marta Trojanová

sestra Armády spásy Terezka

František Kreuzmann

kapitán Armády spásy prof. Kostelka

Hugo Haas

bankéř Richard Rosenštok

Libuše Freslová

Hedva, Rosenštokova žena

Felix Kühne

účetní Kühne

Bedřich Vrbský

komisař Faltys

Adolf Horálek

člen Ferdyšovy party

Jaroslav Šára

člen Ferdyšovy party

Arnold Reimann

úředník v bance

Světla Svozilová

členka Armády spásy

Lída Baarová

členka Armády spásy

Václav Rabský

policejní inspektor

Josef Sládek

strážník na komisařství

Karolína Vávrová

divačka při požáru

Jan W. Speerger

úředník

Crew and creators

Based on

František Langer (Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich, Jaroslav Blažek

Production Designer

Vladimír Vrána, Hanuš Gödert

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Ladislav Kolda

Unit Production Manager

Alexander Hackenschmied

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Songs

Svět mám tak rád

Songwriter Julius Kalaš
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hrnčíř
Singer Zdeněk Štěpánek

Píseň vyhynulého drožkáře

Songwriter Julius Kalaš
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hrnčíř
Singer Jindřich Plachta

Píseň o krizi

Songwriter Julius Kalaš
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hrnčíř
Singer Hugo Haas

Široká je země rodná

Songwriter Julius Kalaš
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hrnčíř
Singer Zvonimir Rogoz

Production info

Original Title

Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory

Czech Title

Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory

English Title

Ferdyš Pištora Turns Over a New Leaf

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production Year

1931

Production specifications

date of censorship 12/1931

Premiere

premiere 1 January 1932 /suitable for youths/ (kina Kotva /3 týdny/ a Lucerna /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 435 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech