People on the Iceberg

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lidé na kře

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

05.02.1937

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman

Synopsis

The prevailing pitiful economic situation affects the lives of many people. Professor Václav Junek gradually realises that his idealistic notions differ considerably from the real life of his four children. The eldest son Zdeněk, an engineer, has been unemployed for two years. His daughter Pavla is a doctor with a low salary and, for existential reasons, accepts the attentions and finally an offer of marriage from a well situated but unloved colleague. The professor's second daughter Hanka leaves her job as a shorthand typist dreaming of becoming a film star. She puts her faith in the fraudulent "film director" Pavelka and helps him to find money for a film project. When she discovers that he is a fake, she rushes into a relationship with a wealthy industrialist. She also secures a job in his factory for her brother Zdeněk. The youngest son Jirka finds work as an accountant at a brewery, but only due to his talent as a footballer. Thus the despairing father is finally persuaded of the aptness of an allegory he reads in one of his students' essays where the situation of young people is compared to that of shipwreck survivors; they are driven onto an iceberg by the wind and waves and now face an uncertain and dark sea.

Note

The film was presented at the 5th Venice Film Festival, 1937.

Cast

František Smolík

profesor Václav Junek

Zdeňka Baldová

Anna, Junkova žena

Ladislav Boháč

ing.Zdeněk Junek, syn Junkových

Lída Baarová

MUDr.Pavla Junková, dcera Junkových

Hana Vítová

stenotypistka Hanka, dcera Junkových

Ladislav Pešek

absolvent obchodní akademie Jirka, syn Junkových

Růžena Šlemrová

teta Máli, sestra profesora Junka

Ella Nollová

služka Barča

Bedřich Veverka

MUDr.Vladimír Řípa

Jiří Dohnal

fotbalista Franta Cikán

Ladislav Hemmer

filmový režisér Frank Pavelka

Marie Glázrová

Marta, Zdeňkova dívka

Jaroslav Marvan

ministr Bedřich Peterka

Zvonimir Rogoz

filmový podnikatel Bruckmann

Michel Elaguine

sekretář u Bruckmanna

Doďa Pražský

filmový autor Harry O.Viktora

Jarmila Zezulková

služka u tety Máli

Alois Peterka

předseda S.K.Kladno

Jiří Vasmut

jednatel S.K.Kladno

Eduard Blažek

funkcionář S.K.Kladno

František Filipovský

jednatel S.K.Hvězda

Ferry Seidl

funkcionář S.K.Hvězda

Emanuel Hříbal

zřízenec na ministerstvu

Karel Faltys

návštěvník u ministra

František Haller

ředitel baru

Bedřich Frank

portýr v baru

Pavla Stahlová

sestra v nemocnici

Otto Sattler

barový houslista

Slávka Doležalová

žena v čekárně u Bruckmanna

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Vilém Werner (Lidé na kře – divadelní hra)

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Antonín Procházka

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Songs

Echoes of a Music Hall

Songwriter

Jaroslav Ježek (Echoes of a Music Hall)

Danced by

Joe Turner

Production info

Original Title

Lidé na kře

English Title

People on the Iceberg

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

05.02.1937

Production

Ufa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Ufa

Technical info

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Zvláštní cena Filmového poradního sboru

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Ceny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Smolík

Vítěz

Event: Odměny ministra průmyslu, obchodu a živností

1937
Praha / Czechoslovakia