Battalion

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

1 October 1937

Runtime

93 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Batalion

Czech title

Batalion

English title

Battalion

Synopsis

Barrister František Uher is known by his patriotic views and he actively assists in the litigation of Czechs with Austrian justice. One of his clients is the poet Šulc who during a stay at Uher's discovered that the barrister's wife Anna flirts with Uher's cousin Hojer. When Anna pays no heed to Šulc's warnings, he points out Anna's relationship to Uher. Uher wants to know the truth, so he returns home prematurely from an official trip and actually catches Anna in infidelity. Disappointment leads him to the Old-Prague beerhall Batalion, where Šulc has also come some time ago. Uher becomes a counsellor for the most wretched, but gradually he succumbs to alcohol. He once again finds his strength and stands up on the side of right when he accuses the police in court of the murder of poor Lojzík, who wanted to marry Mimi, the unfortunate waitress of Batalion. For his performance in court Uher is incarcerated and Batalion closed. Upon being released from prison Uher becomes an organist. He forgives his wife, whom Hojer has thrown out, but he does not want to live with her. He then soon dies in Batalion where he has been invited to its reopening. His funeral is attended by all the poor folk from Batalion. Šulc also comes and here he meets Mimi. Perhaps he will be successful in freeing her from her destitute and desperate life.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the same title (Dir: Přemysl Pražský, 1927). The film was presented at the 5th Venice Film Festival, 1937.

Cast

František Smolík

JUDr. František Uher, poslanec za Rokycany

Helena Bušová

Anna, Uhrova žena

Hana Vítová

Marie Žďárská zvaná Mimi

Jaroslav Průcha

básník Václav Šulc

Václav Trégl

válečný vysloužilec František Vondruška

František Kreuzmann

zloděj psů Beznoska

Ladislav Pešek

Honzík, Beznoskův pomocník

Eduard Kohout

Ferdinand Koranda

Milada Gampeová

Frau Mastná

Ella Nollová

harfenice, Vondruškova družka

Mařenka Zieglerová

šenkýřka v Batalionu

Eman Fiala

pianista Lojzík Chrastil, zvaný Chrastítko

Vlasta Hrubá

pouliční holka Otyla

Raoul Schránil

nadporučík Karel Hojer, Uhrův bratr

Jiří Vondrovič

sluha u nadporučíka Hojera

Vladimír Řepa

konfident Benda

Gustav Hilmar

otec Mimi

Dagmar Vondrová

komorná Uhrovy ženy Žofinka

Růžena Pokorná

návštěvnice „Batalionu"

Marie Popelková

návštěvnice „Batalionu"

Alfred Baštýř

návštěvník „Batalionu"

Frank Rose-Růžička

návštěvník „Batalionu"

Antonín Strnad

vězeňský kněz

Karel Němec

soudní zřízenec

Vladimír Smíchovský

přísedící u soudu

Julius Baťha

přísedící u soudu

Jan Černý

přísedící u soudu

Emanuel Kovařík

soudní zapisovatel

Karel Postranecký

člen senátu

Marie Přikrylová

majitelka módního závodu

Antonín Jirsa

Černý Kilián

Miloš Šubrt

drožkář

Jaroslav Marvan

státní návladní

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Based on

Josef Hais-Týnecký (Batalion – román), Josef Hais-Týnecký (Batalion – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Do naší ulice sluníčko nepřijde

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer sbor

Pryč a pryč je všecko

Singer Hana Vítovásbor

Nemám nic než to, co mám

Songwriter Josef Stelibský
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Hana Vítová

Ta rakouská monarchie

Singer Jaroslav Průcha

Production info

Original Title

Batalion

Czech Title

Batalion

English Title

Battalion

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 09/1937

Premiere

premiere 1 October 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adria /2 týdny/ a Hvězda /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Metropolitan

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Metropolitan

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

93 min

Original length in metres

2 660 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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Ceny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jan Roth

Vítěz

Event: Ceny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Smolík

Vítěz

Event: Odměny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia