The Good Soldier Schweik

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production year

1931

Premiere

13 January 1932

Runtime

87 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Dobrý voják Švejk

Czech title

Dobrý voják Švejk

English title

The Good Soldier Schweik

English parallel title

The Good Soldier Švejk

Synopsis

Military medical officer Katz loses his batman Josef Švejk in a game of cards. Švejk steals a dog to please his new superior, first lieutenant Lukáš. Out walking with his new dog, Lukáš meets colonel Kraus who is enraged to discover that Lukáš is walking his (Kraus's) dog. As a punishment Lukáš is attached to a square-bashing company in České Budějovice. Švejk accompanies Lukáš. On the train he insults a general who is travelling in civilian clothes, then he stops the train by inadvertently pulling the emergency cord. As a result, he is interrogated in Tábor. The interrogation means he misses his train and has to walk to České Budějovice. During exercises, one unit refuses to obey an order and is therefore sent to the front. Lukáš and Švejk go with the unit.

Note

Since some of the original negatives did not survive, missing scenes were replaced in the 1950s with explanatory inter-titles. This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Karel Lamač, 1926).

Cast

Saša Rašilov

Josef Švejk

Oskar Marion

nadporučík Karel Lukáš

Jan Richter

hostinský Palivec

Hugo Haas

vrchní štábní lékař MUDr. Katz

Antonie Nedošinská

Müllerová, Švejkova bytná

Josef Rovenský

MUDr. Grünstein/čtenář novin/voják

Jaroslav Marvan

plukovník Kraus

Jarmila Vacková

plukovníkova dcera Irena Krausová

Alexander Třebovský

tajný Bretschneider

Eman Fiala

sebevrah

Milka Balek-Brodská

baronka von Botzenheim

Eduard Šlégl

komorník paní baronky

Felix Kühne

nemocniční lékař

Theodor Pištěk

jednoročák Marek

Mario Karas

host v lóži paní baronky

Karel Schleichert

host v lóži paní baronky

Anna Fričová

host v lóži paní baronky

Ludvík Hradský

důstojník na plese

Emil Dlesk

vojenský sluha

Jan W. Speerger

důstojník u karet

R. A. Dvorský

zpívající vojín u karet v kuchyni

Václav Wasserman

muž s deštníkem

Ada Karlovský

důstojník u karet

Ferdinand Jarkovský

host v hospodě

Josef Zora

psychiatr

Antonín Frič

ošetřovatel

Karel Pečke

dirigent

Emanuel Trojan

voják na marodce

Josef Oliak

hejtman Šnábl

Josef Kobík

železničář

Roza Schlesingerová

paní s psíkem

Karel Němec

strážník

Jindřich Adolf

eskortující vojín

František Jerhot

vojín v marškumpanii

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Jaroslav Hašek (Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války – román)

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Hanuš Gödert

Film Editor

Martin Frič

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš

Songs

Poslušně hlásím

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Saša RašilovR. A. Dvorskýmužský sbor

Každý má ňákou chorobu

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Václav Mírovský
Singer Hugo Haas

Na světě je bůhví kolik cest

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Václav Špilar
Singer Jarmila Vacková

V Bavorsku žijí Bavoři

Production info

Original Title

Dobrý voják Švejk

Czech Title

Dobrý voják Švejk

English Title

The Good Soldier Schweik

English Parallel Title

The Good Soldier Švejk

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1931

Production Year

1931

Production specifications

date of censorship 12/1931

Premiere

premiere 13 January 1932 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adria /2 týdny/, Fénix /2 týdny/ a Hvězda /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Gloriafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

87 min

Original length in metres

2 479 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

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech