The Heroic Captain Korkorán

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

24 August 1934

Runtime

94 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Hrdinný kapitán Korkoran

Czech title

Hrdinný kapitán Korkoran

English title

The Heroic Captain Korkorán

Summary

Miroslav Cikán made his forceful debut as a director in 1933, and as soon as the following year he had created five feature films. This comedy featuring Vlasta Burian – one of the popular actors regularly cast by Cikán – was one of those five. In the feature, the popular comedian embodies the captain of a ferryboat on the Vltava river, Adam Korkorán, who sees his dream come true during a visit to a spa resort: he has always desired to be the rich commanding officer of a transoceanic ship. The risky game that sees a common Czech man pretending to be a man of the world – a habitual theme in Burian’s films – leads to Korkorán’s ascent on the social scale, rather than ending up in disaster. Jiřina Štěpničková, Theodor Pištěk and Burian’s favourite adversary, Jaroslav Marvan, also appeared in this Cikán’s motion picture.

Synopsis

Adam Korkorán, the captain of a Prague boat company, lives in his dreams of commanding ocean-going vessels although in reality he travels only with a small steamer along the Vltava. The company's director has continual problems with him, and therefore when Korkorán refuses to go into retirement he sends him at least to a spa. At the train station in Poděbrady, however, an attendant of the most expensive spa hotel mistakenly carries off his suitcase with the luggage of a wealthy lady. And so it happens that Korkorán is taken for the captain of a corvette and a wealthy man. The man, bedazzled by the luxury, makes friends with a retired admiral and begins to play-act with the spa guests and with himself. He is even proclaimed the most favourite guest of the season. When he runs low on money he writes his housekeeper to send him all of his savings. The fearful woman decides to go to Korkorán and thus the truth comes to light. The crushed captain goes home and waits for a dismissal notice from work, but it turns out that the owner of the company is his friend the admiral. Korkorán is named chief inspector and he marries his housekeeper.

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Cast

Vlasta Burian

kapitán vltav. paroplavby Adam Korkorán

Jiřina Štěpničková

Irena Svobodová

Milada Smolíková

kantinská na parníku Broniková

Theodor Pištěk

majitel detektivního ústavu Dlouhý

Jaroslav Marvan

inspektor paroplavební společnosti

Světla Svozilová

pokojská v hotelu Kamila

Čeněk Šlégl

penzionovaný admirál Piacci

Helena Scharffová

Heda, Piacciho neteř

Ladislav Hemmer

tajemník paroplavební společnosti

Eman Fiala

topič Vojta

Josef Kotalík

ředitel paroplavební společnosti

Bohumil Mottl

letecký konstruktér Vláďa, syn Bronikové

Karel Němec

portýr v hotelu

Karel Postranecký

strojník na parníku Balvan

Josef Waltner

ředitel hotelu

F. X. Mlejnek

lodník Konstantin

Jan Marek

host v krčmě

Karel Šilhánek

úředník v lázeňské informační kanceláři

Alois Dvorský

mluvčí kroužku stálých lázeňských hostů

Antonín Holzinger

mluvčí sboru dobrovolných hasičů

Anna Švarcová

mluvčí svazu Probouzejících se Poděbradek

Nita Romanečová

host v lázních

Oldřich Kovář

host v lázních

Bohdan Lachman

host v lázních

Doďa Pražský

zaměstnanec hotelu

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Václav Dražil

Director of Photography

Václav Vích

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Vladimír Kabelík

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Kapitán Korkoran

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Vlasta BurianSetleři

Když jsem sloužil u maríny

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Vlasta Burian

Production info

Original Title

Hrdinný kapitán Korkoran

Czech Title

Hrdinný kapitán Korkoran

English Title

The Heroic Captain Korkorán

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Production specifications

start of filming 22 May 1934 (ateliéry)
end of filming 6 June 1934 (ateliéry)
date of censorship 08/1934

Premiere

premiere 24 August 1934 /suitable for youths/ (kina Adria /4 týdny/ a Světozor /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Elekta

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

94 min

Original length in metres

2 675 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