Heroes of the Frontier

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

neproběhla

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

partially realised project

Original title

Hrdinové hranic

Czech title

Hrdinové hranic

English title

Heroes of the Frontier

Working title

Hraničtí rytíři

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

respicient finanční stráže Pavel Andrej Kriško

Ladislav Brom

vinopalník Roháč

Jarmila Beránková

Anička, Roháčova neteř

Zvonimir Rogoz

Ing. Rudolf Brandt, agent č. 93

Lydie Komanová

Brandtova společnice, agentka č. 65

uváděna též jako Laura Benvenuti

Jiří Steimar

major pohraničního vojska

Ladislav Hemmer

pohraničník

Karel Postranecký

ministerský inspektor finanční stráže

Karel Veverka

profesor státního výzkumného ústavu

Jiří Koldovský

plukovník zpravodajské služby

Čeněk Šlégl

štábní kapitán zpravodajské služby

pes Rek

služební pes Rek

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Josef Zezulka, Josef Kraus, Ferry Seidl, František Milič

Screenstory

Jaroslav Blažek

Script Editor

Koloman Babilonský (slovenská dramaturgická úprava)

Director of Photography

Julius Vegricht

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

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Pochod hraničářů

Songwriter Josef Dobeš

Vlasti

Songwriter A. F. Tovačovský
Writer of Lyrics Jan Vlk
Singer sbor

Ja som bača veľmi starý

Songwriter Josef Dobeš
Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer mužský hlas

Sadaj slnko, sadaj

Writer of Lyrics lidová píseň
Singer mužský hlas

Locations

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

Production info

Original Title

Hrdinové hranic

Czech Title

Hrdinové hranic

English Title

Heroes of the Frontier

Working Title

Hraničtí rytíři

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Film state

partially realised project

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship nepředloženo cenzuře
start of filming 9 September 1938

Premiere

premiere neproběhla

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Visatone

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech