Army Undefeated

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

28 October 1938

Runtime

77 min

Director

Jan Bor

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Neporažená armáda

Czech title

Neporažená armáda

English title

Army Undefeated

Synopsis

The young agricultural worker Jan Aleš from the Šumava mountain region is called up to join the army. He likes his new environment and so he stays on after his service has ended. He is also successful during his entrance exams for the military academy. His best friend at the college is Milan Jurčík who has to force him to go into town on his nights off to keep him away from his books. They make the acquaintance of two girls and Jan falls in love with one of them - Zdenka Jiříkovská, the daughter of an industrialist. The girl returns his feelings but her father will not hear of the match. He has no son but he hopes that his daughter will marry someone who will take care of the factory in the future. Christmas approaches and the soldiers go back to their families. Jan is invited to the Jiříkovskýs. Milan's brother Michal is to return on Christmas Eve from a flying competition abroad. His wife and small son, mother and brother wait in vain for him to come. Michal has been killed in a plane crash. Jan asks to be released from the army so that he can marry Zdenka. A mobilisation is announced and Jan cancels his request. Zdenka is proud of him, as is his future father-in-law. The soldiers must return; although they have yet to see battle, they are fully prepared to defend their country.

Cast

Ladislav Boháč

posluchač vojenské akademie Jan Aleš

Jan Pivec

posluchač akademie Vladimír Boucha

Marie Blažková

Bouchalova matka

František Dibarbora

letec, posluchač vojenské akademie Milan Jurčík

Oľga Borodáčová

vdova Jurčíková, Milanova matka

Andrej Bagar

štábní kapitán Michal Jurčík, bratr Milana

Mária Bancíková

Michalova žena Olga

Ríša Novák

malý Rostislav

Václav Vydra st.

továrník Jiříkovský

Eva Gerová

dcera Jiříkovského Zdenka

Milada Gampeová

teta Jiříkovská

Božena Šustrová

Růžena Králová

Zdeněk Štěpánek

generál, velitel akademie

Karel Postranecký

kapitán, generálův pobočník

Vladimír Štros

plukovníkův pobočník

Josef Gruss

poručík akademik Novotný

Václav Vydra ml.

posluchač lesnické školy Kareš

Jaroslav Vojta

starosta Vávra

Míla Mellanová

děvče ze střelnice

Jaroslav Průcha

rekrut Dvořák

Vítězslav Boček

kapitán vojenské akademie

František Kreuzmann

kapitán, profesor balistiky na akademii

Josef Rozsíval

profesor akademie

Karel Beníško

letecký instruktor

Karel Dostal

konzul v Egyptě

Josef Sládek

železničář

Jan W. Speerger

majitel střelnice

Marie Podvalová

zpívá árii z Libuše B. Smetany

Jiří Hartman

kadet vytahující vlajku

Crew and creators

Director

Jan Bor

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Roman Blahník, Karel Hašler

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Roman Blahník), Hudba 28. pěšího pluku Tyrše a Fügnera (Music Conducted by Jan Pešta)

Songs

Naši kadeti /Pochod/

Songwriter Karel Hašler

Zaleť, sokol, bílý pták

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer František Dibarbora

Copak je to za vojáka

Songwriter Karel Hašler
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Božena Šustrovámužský sbor

Ach, synku, synku

Songwriter lidová píseň

Production info

Original Title

Neporažená armáda

Czech Title

Neporažená armáda

English Title

Army Undefeated

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

start of filming 5 September 1938
end of filming 23 September 1938
date of censorship 10/1938 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 28 October 1938 /suitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /2 týdny/ a Pasáž /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 170 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech