Heroes of the Frontier

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Hrdinové hranic

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Blažek

Screenplay

Václav Wasserman, Karel Steklý, František Kocourek, Jaroslav Blažek, Jan Sviták

Screenstory

Jaroslav Blažek

Summary

Unfinished film.

Synopsis

The story is situated in a border village where the local inhabitants speak Slovak. The commander of the Customs and Inland Revenue Service, Hladík, lives here with his wife, son, and grandmother. Two German tourists come to the village - a man and a woman - allegedly siblings, and they find lodgings at the house of wine-distiller and smuggler Roháč. Kriško, an inspector of the Inland Revenue Service, comes on visits to Roháč's niece Anička. The tourists, in reality agents, get their hands on secret military documents. During an exchange of fire at the border Hladík dies and his pregnant wife must hide his death from their son. An agent is seriously wounded and he takes refuge at Roháč's. Eventually he evidently dies. Roháč is suspected by the customs officers, and a schism comes between Anička and Kriško. When Roháč discovers who these tourists really are he helps in apprehending the agents and recovering the secret documents. Mrs. Hladíková gives birth to a child and together with her son and grandmother leaves to the interior of the country.

Note

This is the only film reacting to the political events of Autumn 1938. Due to the quickly changing post-Munich situation the film could not be completed. A cellulose nitrate copies of the interiors (sound) and exteriors (silent shots) and 47 boxes of negative are preserved in the NFA.

Cast

Karel Černý

velitel finanční stráže Josef Hladík

Jan Sviták

dozorce finanční stráže Jaroslav Toman

Marie Ptáková

babička, Hladíkova matka

Marie Buddeusová

Marie, Hladíkova žena

Milan Sviták

Joska, šestiletý syn Hladíkových

Paľo Bielik

Pavel Andrej Kriško, respicient finanční stráže

Ladislav Brom

vinopalník Roháč

Jarmila Beránková

Anička, Roháčova neteř

Zvonimir Rogoz

Ing. Rudolf Brandt, agent č. 93

Laura Benvenuti

Brandtova společnice, agentka č. 65

uváděna též jako Lydie Komanová

Jiří Steimar

major pohraničního vojska

Ladislav Hemmer

pohraničník

Karel Postranecký

ministerský inspektor finanční stráže

Karel Veverka

profesor státního výzkumného ústavu

Jaroslav Marvan

ordonance

Jiří Koldovský

plukovník zpravodajské služby

Čeněk Šlégl

štábní kapitán zpravodajské služby

Harlas Pištora

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Josef Zezulka, Josef Kraus, Ferry Seidl, František Milič

Screenstory

Jaroslav Blažek

Script Editor

Koloman Babilonský (slovenská dramaturgická úprava)

Camera Operator

Veil

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Alois Mecera

Costumes

Jaromír Novák, Marie Malá

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Jan Gerstenberger, Karel Suchomel

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Dobeš

Songs

Pochod hraničářů, Vlasti, Ja som bača veľmi starý, Sadaj slnko, sadaj, ostatní písně

Songwriter

Josef Dobeš (Pochod hraničářů), A. F. Tovačovský (Vlasti), Josef Dobeš (Ja som bača veľmi starý)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Vlk (Vlasti), lidová píseň (Ja som bača veľmi starý), lidová píseň (Sadaj slnko, sadaj)

Singer

sbor (Vlasti), mužský hlas (Ja som bača veľmi starý), mužský hlas (Sadaj slnko, sadaj), Paľo Bielik (ostatní písně), Jarmila Beránková (ostatní písně), Marie Buddeusová (ostatní písně)

Locations

Praha, okolí (Praha), Slovensko, Orava (Slovensko), Zverovka (Slovensko), Roháče (Slovensko), Suchá dolina (Slovensko)

Production info

Original Title

Hrdinové hranic

English Title

Heroes of the Frontier

Working Title

Hraničtí rytíři

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Foja Radlice

Technical info

Versions

Czech