Your Money or Your Life

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Peníze nebo život

Runtime

250

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1932

Production year

1932

Premiere

14.10.1932

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Honzl

Screenplay

Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich, Jindřich Honzl

Screenstory

Jindřich Honzl, Jan Werich, Jiří Voskovec

Synopsis

Tonda, a mischief-maker from the outskirts and a character of doubtful existence, is dozing in a ditch. He wakes up to find a thief running past with a stolen necklace but the thief doesn't even notice when he drops the jewellery. Tonda tries to call out to him but the man runs on. The two suddenly become aware of what has happened and the thief starts chasing Tonda to get the necklace back. Tonda decides to bury the necklace in a safe place in the park. There he meets his former schoolmate Pepík who is trying to hang himself after discovering his wife's infidelity. Pepík invites Tonda to his home for a family get-together which also involves a secret policeman who recognises Tonda immediately. Tonda hides the jewellery in a flowerpot on top of a cupboard. Pepík's wife Helena thinks it is a present from her admirer who passes himself off as a member of the nobility, so she leaves with the cavalier. Tonda tells Pepík that his wife has run off and the pair set out on their trail. The suitor has successfully stolen Helena and is trying to escape. Tonda and Pepík take the necklace off him and they then find themselves being pursued by the gang who had originally stolen it. The two men disquise themselves and find cover in a review of sharp-shooters. The presence of the secret policeman forces Tonda to try to get rid of the necklace once more. He decorates the mayor's chest with it and the latter hands it over to the prefect. The policeman showers Tonda with ironic praise for the honesty which had protected him from punishment.

Cast

Jan Werich

Tonda

Ljuba Hermanová

Tondova dívka

Eliška Pleyová

Pepíkova žena Helena

Theodor Pištěk

fořt, Pepíkův strýček

Theo Amady

Maurice van den Branden

Jaroslav Vojta

Pepíkův strýc Otto

Jaroslav Hurt

Pepíkův tchán

Marie Grossová

Pepíkova teta Albína

Vladimír Majer

náčelník lupičů

Jan Richter

lupič

Emil Bolek

zloděj náhrdelníku

Josef Skřivan

průvodce v muzeu

Miloš Nedbal

policejní prefekt/muž s vázou

Darja Hajská

Pepíkova sestřenice

Emanuel Šulc

host

Luisa Hanková-Kučerová

zákaznice se psem

Václav Menger

zřízenec v muzeu

Arnold Reimann

majitel obchodu

Ada Karlovský

velitel granátníků

Josef Oliak

městská delegace

Luigi Hofman

městská delegace

Karel Schleichert

městská delegace

Emanuel Hříbal

městská delegace

Jaroslav Šára

tajný

Crew and creators

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Ježek

Songs

Peníze nebo život, Život je jen náhoda, Rej vážek, Pochod stoprocentních mužů, Beguine hydroplane

Songwriter

Jaroslav Ježek (Peníze nebo život), Jaroslav Ježek (Život je jen náhoda)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Voskovec (Peníze nebo život), Jan Werich (Peníze nebo život), Jiří Voskovec (Život je jen náhoda), Jan Werich (Život je jen náhoda)

Singer

Jiří Voskovec (Peníze nebo život), Jan Werich (Peníze nebo život), Hana Vítová [dab] (Život je jen náhoda), Ljuba Hermanová [dab] (Život je jen náhoda), Jožka Srbová (Život je jen náhoda), Anita Schlesingerová (Život je jen náhoda)

Production info

Original Title

Peníze nebo život

English Title

Your Money or Your Life

Copyright

1932

Production Year

1932

Premiere

14.10.1932

Production

Lloyd

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lloyd

Technical info

Versions

Czech