The Seventh Power

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

17 November 1933

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, spy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Sedmá velmoc

Czech title

Sedmá velmoc

English title

The Seventh Power

Synopsis

Three young men - Hronek, Dolan and Horský - take over ownership of the daily newspaper Independence. In the advertising column Dolan notices a peculiar notice. He eventually decodes it and discovers there is going to be a meeting of spies at the Czech-German border. The young men set off for the appointed place and find a murdered girl there. A reporter called Helena from a rival newspaper joins in the investigation, as does the German commissar Sander. Sander suspects a certain Pavel Král of the murder. He persuades Helena to lure Král over the German border. Dolan finds out in the meantime, however, that Sander is a spy, and he manages to save Král in the nick of time. Král, whose real name is Rydvan, has got information on weapons stockpiles in Germany for Czechoslovak intelligence. He has hidden the information in skies. Sander finds out where the information is hidden, takes the documents and swallows them. Fortunately Rydvan remembers the location of the stockpiles. The head of Czechoslovak intelligence wants to give orders for the destruction of the stockpiles but finally realises this would lead to war and abandons his plan.

Cast

Lída Baarová

reportérka Helena Radová zvaná D'Artagnan

Vladimír Havlíček

reportér Bedřich Hronek zvaný Aramis

Antonín Novotný

reportér Rudolf Dolan zvaný Porthos

Josef Gruss

reportér Jan Horský zvaný Athos

Zvonimir Rogoz

komisař Sander

Václav Vydra st.

šéf české kontrašpionáže

Mirko Eliáš

Pavel Rydvan alias Pavel Král

František Lašek

Josef Rydvan, Pavlův otec

Jaroslav Bráška

zakladatel listu Neodvislost

Jan W. Speerger

strážmistr pohraniční stráže

Joža Jauris

JUDr. Kroutský, notář

Josef Oliak

smuteční host

Marie Oliaková

smuteční host

Beda Saxl

reportér

Josef Waltner

továrník Hraboš

Jan Richter

krčmář

Václav Pecián

kapitán pohraniční stráže

F. X. Mlejnek

policista

pes Rek

vlčák

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Blažek, Karel Degl

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Jan Petera

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Rudolf Průša

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Music Performed by

Pěvecký sbor Ipos (Music Conducted by Bořivoj Fromm)

Songs

Teď mlč a seď

Songwriter Miloš Smatek
Writer of Lyrics Saša Razov
Singer Josef Gruss

V bílých horách

Songwriter Miloš Smatek
Writer of Lyrics Saša Razov
Singer Antonín Novotný

Hora je vysoká

Songwriter Miloš Smatek
Writer of Lyrics Saša Razov
Singer Pěvecký sbor Ipos

Production info

Original Title

Sedmá velmoc

Czech Title

Sedmá velmoc

English Title

The Seventh Power

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, spy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Production specifications

date of censorship 10/1933

Premiere

premiere 17 November 1933 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Fénix /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 447 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech