Lieutenant Alexander Rjepkin

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

24 September 1937

Runtime

98 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Poručík Alexander Rjepkin

Czech title

Poručík Alexander Rjepkin

English title

Lieutenant Alexander Rjepkin

Synopsis

It is the summer of 1916. A transport of Russian prisoners travels through Brno from the front. The health of the Russian officer Rjepkin has deteriorated to such an extent that he is transferred to an Austrian military hospital. He will die if he does not receive a blood transfusion. The German nurse Mathilda is the only one with the same blood group. Because she hates anything to do with the Slav nations, she hesitates to provide help and the consultant Dr Šrámek has to remind her of her humanitarian duties. Mathilda finally agrees and Rjepkin recovers. The hospital is full of soldiers of all nationalities from the Austro-Hungarian empire. Some are returning after being treated to the front, others are dying. Mathilda is trying in vain to quell her growing love for Rjepkin. The latter tries to escape one day and is shot. He admits to Dr Šrámek that he is, in fact, a Czech who was fighting on the Russian side. This discovery would have meant his death. Šrámek brings Rjepkin's wife in to see her husband on a short visit. Mathilda sees them together and, in her distress, she lets out a cry which attracts the guards. The man is sentenced to death and the desperate Mathilda gasses herself. Šrámek calls for an operation to be performed on Rjepkin and, in order to prevent an ignominious hanging, kills Rjepkin himself. After the war the doctor meets his wife to explain the reasons for his action.

Note

The film contains documentary shots of battles and marching legionnaires in Prague. The première outside Prague was held already on the 14th of August 1937 in Uherské Hradiště where the film opened the festival of Czechoslovak films held within the framework of the exhibition of Moravian Slovakia.

Cast

Vladimír Borský

poručík Alexander Fjodorovič Rjepkin

Vladimír Borský

Vladimír Toman

Adina Mandlová

ošetřovatelka Mathilde von Kiesewe

František Kreuzmann

nadporučík Liška

František Smolík

MUDr. Šrámek, vrchní štábní lékař

Truda Grosslichtová

ošetřovatelka Tonička

Karel Veverka

plukovní lékař MUDr. Klíma

Stanislav Strnad (herec)

kadet Stanislav Severa

Jindřich Plachta

pěšák Antonín Sakař

Theodor Pištěk

pěšák Vincent Tlamicha

Jiří Vondrovič

kaprál Josef Bartoněk

Břetislav Hrstka

pěšák Cyril Vyskočil

Marie Rosůlková

Lída, Tomanova žena

Jaroslav Marvan

plukovník rakouské armády

Anton Hellmer

MUDr. Lehner, vrchní lékař

Marie Ptáková

Severova matka

Alois Peterka

generál rakouské armády

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

nadporučík Franz Schranel

Josef Příhoda

saniťák Barták

Slávka Doležalová

vychovatelka Tomanova synka Boženka

Zdeněk Záhorský

Tomanův synek Vláďa

Felix Kühne

raněný v nemocnici

Jiří Milan

vrchní v kasinu

Frank Rose-Růžička

vojenská stráž

Emanuel Kovařík

poručík stráže

Míla Mellanová

ošetřovatelka

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Eduard Rada

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Titles Designed by

Afit

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Songs

Vzhůru hlavy, drazí kamarádi

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics František Kudrna
Singer sbor

Gloria, gloria, victoria

Singer sbor

Infanteria, to je láska má /na nápěv Za císaře pána/

Singer sbor

Jedna, dvě, tři, čtyři /na nápěv Hej Slované/

Singer František Kreuzmann

Production info

Original Title

Poručík Alexander Rjepkin

Czech Title

Poručík Alexander Rjepkin

English Title

Lieutenant Alexander Rjepkin

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 08/1937 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

preview 14 August 1937 (Uherské Hradiště)
premiere 24 September 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Apollo /1 týden/, Hollywood /2 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Meissner

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 798 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Russian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Odměny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Zlatá medaile časopisu Filmový kurýr

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Meissner