Švanda, the Bagpiper

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

30 July 1937

Runtime

93 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Švanda dudák

Czech title

Švanda dudák

English title

Švanda, the Bagpiper

Synopsis

Kalafuna the musician brings up an orphan called Švanda in his family. The lad plays the bagpipes at various festivities but he is too poor to be able to marry his girlfriend Dorotka. Her father, Trnka, gamekeeper at a stately home, would prefer his daughter to marry the clerk. Inspired by the tales told by a retired soldier, Švanda goes off to Turkey to make a reputedly sad princess laugh. In Constantinople he is joined by a wily fellow Czech, Vocílka, who becomes his secretary. He manages to make the miserable princess chuckle and she then decides to marry him. The Sultan generously rewards Švanda and consents to the marriage. At this time Dorotka, who has been missing Švanda, arrives at the palace with Kalafuna. Vocílka declares that Dorotka and Kalafuna are insane and, the terrified Švanda not defending them, they are both thrown into gaol. Soon prince Alamír, bridegroom of princess Zulika, has Švanda arrested and condemns him to death. Vocílka escapes with the money. Švanda saves himself from execution by playing his bagpipes. Dorotka, who is also allowed to leave, is angry with Švanda. He goes to play in Prague. There he meets a princess who tells him she is his long-lost mother. She gives him her domain and he is able to marry his beloved Dorotka.

Note

Made on the 90th anniversary of the writing of the play on which it is based, The Bagpiper from Strakonice (1847).

Cast

Jiří Dohnal

dudák Švanda

Helena Bušová

Dorotka Trnková

Jaroslav Marvan

hajný Trnka, Dorotčin otec

Theodor Pištěk

muzikant Kalafuna

Betty Kysilková

Kordula, Kalafunova žena

Jaroslav Gleich

zpěvák, Švandův přítel

Miloš Hajský

houslista, Švandův přítel

Josef Gruss

Pantaleon Vocílka

Karla Oličová

princezna Zulika

Stanislav Neumann

sultán, Zuličin otec

Otto Rubík

princ Alamír, snoubenec Zuliky

Karel Jičínský

panský správce

Jan W. Speerger

chasník v hospodě

Josef Kotalík

vysloužilec Šavlička

Josef Steigl

písař ze zámku pan Johan

Darja Hajská

Terezka, matka Johanova dítěte

Bohdan Lachman

komorník ze zámku

Karel Němec

hostinský v Cařihradu

F. X. Mlejnek

kouzelník

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

velitel princovy stráže

Jan Černý

žalářník

Frank Rose-Růžička

člen popravčí čety

Josef Sládek

návštěvník hospody

Ferdinand Kohout

návštěvník hospody

Filip Balek-Brodský

návštěvník hospody

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Kajetán Tyl (Strakonický dudák – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Karel Degl, Václav Hanuš

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Sound Designer

Hans Richter (3)

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Consultant

Karel Hašler

Music

Music Composed by

Erno Košťál

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Peníze jsou pány světa

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Theodor Pištěk

Celý svět je jako koule

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Josef Gruss

Na tom našem dvoře

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Theodor Pištěk

Po vrchu se všechno leskne

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Josef Gruss

Měl jsem holku a už nemám

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Jaroslav Gleich

Nevdávej se, má panenko

Singer mužský sbor

Zelení hájové

Singer Jaroslav Gleich

Holka modrooká

Singer Jaroslav Gleich

Hop, holka, svlíkej kabát /Vrták/

Singer mužský sbor

Zadudej, dudáčku, zadudej

Singer Jiří Dohnalmužský sbor

Marjánko, Marjánko

Singer mužský sbor

Nemá pole, nemá role

Singer mužský sbor

Production info

Original Title

Švanda dudák

Czech Title

Švanda dudák

English Title

Švanda, the Bagpiper

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

start of filming 19 May 1937
date of censorship 07/1937 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 30 July 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Hollywood /1 týden/, Hvězda /2 týdny/ a Kotva /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Kinofilm Brno

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Kinofilm Brno

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

93 min

Original length in metres

2 655 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech