The Last Man

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Poslední muž

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

05.10.1934

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Synopsis

Professor Alois Kohout behaves like a despot in his demands for absolute obedience from his students and family. His son Jaroslav hides from him the problems he is having at school for his lack of discipline; he also does not let on about his friendship with the naughty Tonča. The professor's daughter Zdenka is fond of Dr Jiří Bečvář but her anxious mother warns her that her father will want to choose a husband for her himself. Nevertheless, Jiří comes to visit the family, determined to ask for Zdenka's hand in marriage. He is witness to the almost military line-up the whole family has to form, including the cook Baruška. Having seen this, Jiří changes his plan. In a private discussion with the professor, he pretends that he wants to write a book about him, as a perfect and exemplary figure. The flattered professor offers him Zdenka as his wife. He even tells him of his little secret, a dummy which he props up when he is away from home so that the family still think he is in the house. Jiří suggests to Kohout that he feign his departure, he then hides in the flat to see what happens when the professor is not at home. Jiří makes them think that Kohout is, in fact, a dummy and everyone openly says what they would otherwise keep to themselves. They love their father and husband, but they reproach him for the fear he generates and with which he torments them. After this experience, the professor improves and, after some time, he becomes the proud grandfather of three children.

Cast

Hugo Haas

profesor Alois Kohout

Zdeňka Baldová

Kohoutova žena

Marie Glázrová

Zdenka, dcera Kohoutových

Antonín Novotný

Jaroslav, syn Kohoutových

Vladimír Borský

dr. Jiří Bečvář

Jiřina Steimarová

Tonča Vacková

Darja Hajská

kuchařka Baruška

Jára Kohout

dragoun Frantík

Václav Trégl

školník Rejsek

Bohdan Lachman

ředitel školy

Milada Gampeová

Liduška Pivodová

František Hlavatý

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Alfred Baštýř

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Jindřich Edl

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Josef Novák

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Jaroslav Bráška

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

František Říha

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Karel Schleichert

bývalý Kohoutův spolužák

Alois Dvorský

Kohoutův bývalý třídní

Josef Kotalík

přednosta stanice

Josef Mach

student

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

F. X. Svoboda (Poslední muž – divadelní hra)

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Hašler, Miloš Smatek

Songs

Jen jednou jest člověk mlád

Songwriter

Karel Hašler (Jen jednou jest člověk mlád), Miloš Smatek (Jen jednou jest člověk mlád)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hašler (Jen jednou jest člověk mlád)

Singer

Hugo Haas (Jen jednou jest člověk mlád)

Production info

Original Title

Poslední muž

English Title

The Last Man

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Premiere

05.10.1934

Production

Moldavia

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Moldavia

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech