Heave-Ho!

comedy, satire

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hej-Rup!

Runtime

110

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1934

Production year

1934

Premiere

26.10.1934

Language version

Czech, Hungarian

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

F. Formen, Martin Frič, Jiří Voskovec, Václav Wasserman, Jan Werich

Screenstory

F. Formen, Martin Frič, Jiří Voskovec, Václav Wasserman, Jan Werich

Summary

Despite their interest in the medium of film, during the era of the First Republic actors Jiří Voskovec and Jan Werich devoted much of their professional energies to the Prague-based avant-garde Osvobozené divadlo (The Liberated Theatre). This meant only two film outings, namely the socially-themed comedies Hej-Rup! (Heave-Ho!, 1934) and Svět patří nám (The World Belongs to Us, 1937), both directed by Martin Frič. Both films have a left-wing take on the 1930s Great Depression era. Today, these entries serve as a testament to the talents of their makers (along with co-writer Václav Wassermann they went under the joint pseudonym “Formen” – or “four men”). In the film, the V+W comic duo portray bankrupted factory owner Jakub Simonides (Werich) and unemployed worker Filip Kornet (Voskovec). The social ideal arising from the joining of forces by our unemployed protagonists against an evil capitalist is far more in a light-hearted comedic sense than later era communist propaganda. Many other performers from The Liberated Theatre also join the cast.

Synopsis

Millionaire Worst decides to destroy a competing firm through subterfuge. He detains industrialist Jakub Simonides at cards for a period of five days in a club and in the meantime everything is being prepared on the stock exchange to deprive Simonides of all his properties. In the club Simonides happens to hear the broadcasted speech of unemployed Filip Kornet and the young man interests Simonides so much that he offers Kornet a job as his secretary. Yet when the two go to his villa, Simonides discovers that he is no longer the owner of either a factory or a villa. Therefore he leaves with Filip to look for work. The young Marta brings Jakub his wallet that he left at the club. In it Jakub finds the title to his house which has escaped the notice of the auctioneer's of his property. The threesome sets out to Simonides's house at once. It comes out that this concerns an unfinished construction. Because neither Filip nor Simonides are competent at construction work, they decide to invite the unemployed. All of them then are the owners of the new building, calling themselves 'hejrupáci' (heave-hoers), and they deposit their profits into a joint fund. So Worst again has a competitor, who he tries to destroy in the same manner as before. But the heave-hoers do not fall for it and they eventually become shareholders in Worst's enterprise. Everything ends in an idyll: Simonides, Filip, and Marta spend a pleasant Sunday outside the town as the ordinary members of the collective.

Note

The film was presented at the 3rd Venice Film Festival, 1935. During filming the work became known as Hej rup!, which weakend the semantic distinction of the phrase. The film had, in fact, previously been named after the dairy cooperative Hej-Rup.

Film online

Cast

Jiří Voskovec

nezaměstnaný dělník Filip Kornet

Jan Werich

továrník Jakub Simonides

Josef Skřivan

Worst, prezident konzervářského průmyslu

Theodor Pištěk

Brown, ředitel Simonidesova koncernu

Zvonimir Rogoz

ředitel Simonidesových závodů

Alois Dvorský

majitel vily

Václav Trégl

nezaměstnaný

František Černý

nezaměstnaný

Miroslav Svoboda

nezaměstnaný

Jan W. Speerger

nezaměstnaný

Jan Richter

nezaměstnaný

František Filipovský

nezaměstnaný

Bohuš Záhorský

nezaměstnaný

Filip Balek-Brodský

nezaměstnaný

Jiří Hron

nezaměstnaný

Jaroslav Průcha

rozhlasový hlasatel

František Paul

zřízenec u Worsta

Ferdinand Hart

bankéř

Miloš Šubrt

bankéř

Anna Švarcová

majitelka noclehárny

Josef Novák

člen správní rady

Ada Karlovský

člen správní rady

Antonín Holzinger

člen správní rady

Vladimír Marek

člen správní rady

Marie Kopecká

telefonistka

Ferry Seidl

zaměstnanec rozhlasu

Eduard Šimáček

zaměstnanec rozhlasu

Antonín Frič

vrátný v rozhlasu

Vladimír Růžička

sluha u ředitele Browna

F. X. Mlejnek

kantinský

Karel Schleichert

nocležník

Přemysl Pražský

policejní komisař

Rudolf Stahl

strážník

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Production Designer

Guido Lagus, Rudolf Wels

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Martin Frič

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jaroslav Ježek

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Blues ze dne na den, Hej rup! Chceme žít, Full Hand

Songwriter

Jaroslav Ježek (Blues ze dne na den), Jaroslav Ježek (Hej rup! Chceme žít), Jaroslav Ježek (Full Hand), Jiří Voskovec (Hej rup! Chceme žít)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Werich (Blues ze dne na den), Jiří Voskovec (Blues ze dne na den), Jan Werich (Hej rup! Chceme žít), Jiří Voskovec (Hej rup! Chceme žít)

Singer

Jan Werich (Blues ze dne na den – píseň), Jan Werich (Blues ze dne na den), Jiří Voskovec (Blues ze dne na den – píseň), Jiří Voskovec (Blues ze dne na den), Jan Werich (Hej rup! Chceme žít – píseň), Jan Werich (Hej rup! Chceme žít), Jiří Voskovec (Hej rup! Chceme žít – píseň)

Production info

Original Title

Hej-Rup!

English Title

Heave-Ho!

Copyright

1934

Production Year

1934

Premiere

26.10.1934

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Meissner (původní 1934), Kinofilm Brno (maďarsky dabovaná jazyková mutace 1938)

Technical info

Versions

Czech, Hungarian

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Vavřínový věnec a diplom časopisu časopisu Filmové listy

1935
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Martin Frič

Vítěz

Event: Stuhy časopisu Český filmový zpravodaj

1935
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Meissner

Vítěz

Festival: 1. sovětský filmový festival

1935
Moskva / Russia
Meissner