Heart on Rails

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Srdce na kolejích

Runtime

87

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

27.04.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Sviták

Screenplay

Bohumil Štěpánek

Screenstory

Ferdinand Fencl

Synopsis

Eva, daughter of Doubrava the engine-driver, is marrying the engine-driver Pavel Skála. On the day of the wedding Doubrava receives notification of his compulsory retirement; his beloved locomotive passes to his son-in-law. The first time Pavel drives it he saves a young girl, Marta, who had stepped onto the tracks to commit suicide. The good-hearted young man starts to take care of Marta. The embittered Doubrava makes use of this and causes problems for Pavel at work and in his family. Pavel is temporarily suspended from his position, and after a row with Eva he leaves home in search of Marta. His kindness has led Marta to recover an interest in life. But because she knows that Pavel, in his heart of hearts, loves Eva, Marta says goodbye to the young man with a heavy heart. It is New Year's Eve: Pavel is sad and gladly stands in for an engine-driver whose child has fallen ill. Doubrava and signalman Borský pull Eva off the tracks just in time, she too having decided to do away with herself. But in the excitement Borský forgets to switch the signals and Pavel's express train crashes. Pavel is injured, and some passengers are killed. The guilt is borne by Borský and the others too; the first link in the chain of culpable people was Marta.

Note

The film ends with a discussion of guilt. The promotional material issued during the making of the film netions a final scene in which the body of a crash victim is borne by – Marta, who thus tragically atones for her guilt. Pavel leads his wife away from the scene.

Cast

Otomar Korbelář

strojvůdce Pavel Skála

Nancy Rubensová

Eva, Skálova žena

Jaroslav Vojta

strojvůdce Josef Doubrava, otec Evy

Jiřina Šejbalová

cirkusačka Marta

Čeněk Šlégl

přednosta stanice

Jiří Dohnal

topič Jiří Zeman

Raoul Schránil

železniční revident Kolár

František Kovářík

hradlař František Borský

Theodor Pištěk

majitel hotýlku

Jaroslav Marvan

topič Marek

Hermína Vojtová

stará cirkusačka

Jan W. Speerger

syn staré cirkusačky

Josef Kotalík

šéf výtopny

Karel Veverka

železničář

Fráňa Vajner

železničář

Ferdinand Jarkovský

železniční posel

Julius Baťha

komisař

Josef Klapuch

strážník

Ferry Seidl

četník

František Beranský

dirigent kapely

Jiří Dědek

hostinský

Jan Černý

lékař

Karel Němec

host na tancovačce

Václav Menger

host na tancovačce

Josef Sládek

host na tancovačce

Nita Romanečová

host na tancovačce

Bobina Prošková

host na tancovačce

Vladimír Smíchovský

host na tancovačce

Emanuel Kovařík

úředník v dopravní kanceláři

Jiří Kratina

telegrafista

Jaroslav Tryzna

telegrafista

Gill Sedláčková

host v sále hotýlku

Emil Dlesk

host v sále hotýlku

Filip Balek-Brodský

host v sále hotýlku

Marie Vildová

host v sále hotýlku

František Sádek

host v sále hotýlku

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Sviták

Assistant Director

František Milič

Screenstory

Ferdinand Fencl

Production Designer

Bohumil Heš

Film Editor

Marie Bourová

Sound Designer

Jaroslav Čechura, J. Hartley

Titles Designed by

Lorenc

Production Manager

Vladimír Pošusta

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Songs

Nech bláhové touhy a snění, Dneska mám já od mašiny chlapce, Pryč a pryč je všecko

Songwriter

Josef Dobeš (Nech bláhové touhy a snění), Josef Dobeš (Dneska mám já od mašiny chlapce)

Writer of Lyrics

Daisy Jelenová (Nech bláhové touhy a snění), Daisy Jelenová (Dneska mám já od mašiny chlapce)

Singer

Jiřina Šejbalová (Nech bláhové touhy a snění), Jiřina Šejbalová (Dneska mám já od mašiny chlapce)

Production info

Original Title

Srdce na kolejích

English Title

Heart on Rails

Parallel Title

Semafor

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

27.04.1937

Production

Espo

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Espo

Technical info

Versions

Czech