Army Life – Cheerful Life

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

8 June 1934

Runtime

82 min

Director

Jan Sviták

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Život vojenský – život veselý

Czech title

Život vojenský – život veselý

English title

Army Life – Cheerful Life

Synopsis

The soldiers of a cavalry regiment spend their free time as they please, not leaving out various practical jokes and above all singing songs. Also participating in all of this is Corporal Václav Toman. The soldiers stop on the way to training manoeuvers in one village and the mayor invites them to a dance. Toman meets here his long ago friend Boženka, who has taken a fancy to the mayor's son Jan. She would like, however, that her chosen one enter military service where they would make a real man out of him. Václav supports her efforts, and so Jan follows after the soldiers. Barracks life is difficult for him at first, but he soon gets used to it. He meets his schoolmate Olga at a party and she points out to him the peculiar behaviour of one man. With her and Václav's help Jan uncovers a spy ring. The young man returns to his native village a new man and his parents and Boženka joyfully welcome him. Accompanying him are also Olga and Václav, who have become engaged.

Cast

Alexander Třebovský

starosta Rohan

Pavla Stolzová

starostova žena

Ladislav Brom

Jan, starostův syn

Jarmila Beránková

Boženka Skálová

Vladimír Borský

desátník Václav Toman

Pavel Pláňovský

voják Ondrejko

Jan Sviták

štábní kapitán Duras

Fanda Mrázek

voják Držmíšek

Alois Dvorský

dědeček Loula

Jan W. Speerger

policejní komisař

Bedřiška Wardasová

dívka na lavičce

Antonín Hodr

účastník na taneční zábavě

Jiří Hron

účastník na taneční zábavě

Emanuel Hříbal

obecní strážník

Jan S. Kolár

návštěvník kavárny na Barrandově

Josef Dobeš

dirigent

Stanislav Neumann

voják s brýlemi

Jarka Pižla

bezzubý voják

Eduard Ingriš

zpívající voják

Antonín Brych

harmonikář

Bohumil Šmída

voják Karel hrající šachy

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Sviták

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Production Manager

Jan Reiter

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Songs

Děvče, co tě to láká

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Saša Razov
Singer Ingrišův sbor

Večerka zpívá

Songwriter Václav Smetáček
Writer of Lyrics Ladislav Brom
Singer Ladislav BromIngrišův sbor

Pročpak mě hlavička bolí

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Saša Razov
Singer Ingrišův sbor

Červenou růžičku, rozmarýnek zelený

Už povadlo kvítí

Proč se to kolo šejdrem točí

Dříve jsem se těšíval se svým starým tatíčkem

Šly panenky silnicí

Pod našima okny teče vodička

Prijdi ty, šuhajko, ráno k nám

Zakukala žežulička

Andulko, mé dítě

Production info

Original Title

Život vojenský – život veselý

Czech Title

Život vojenský – život veselý

English Title

Army Life – Cheerful Life

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Production specifications

date of censorship 06/1934

Premiere

premiere 8 June 1934 /suitable for youths/ (kina Gaumont /3 týdny/, Juliš /2 týdny/ a Světozor /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Reiter

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

82 min

Original length in metres

2 335 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