World Where One Goes Begging

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Svět kde se žebrá

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

17.06.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Cikán

Screenplay

Miroslav Cikán, František Čáp, Jan Gerstel, Hugo Haas

Synopsis

The one-armed beggar Dostál has been begging on a Prague street for many years. One of his regular benefactors is the young lawyer Neprosil. Not far away Dostál's foster-daughter Zorka sells fried bread. She is in love with Neprosil. When Dostál finds out Neprosil is badly off he offers him a job. He shows him his luxurious apartment behind the poorly furnished cramped living room and asks him to buy the whole building for him. After many years of hard begging Dostál has amassed enough capital to allow himself a rest. Neprosil rents a room in the building. Zorka and the lawyer secretly become lovers. The old beggar, now landlord, would like to see the youngsters together, but his clumsy interventions only cause the affair to remain clandestine - even once Zorka realises she is pregnant. It is only when Neprosil and Dostál argue that the latter discovers he is to be a grandfather. The two men get drunk together out of happiness.

Note

The film was presented at the 6th Venice Film Festival, 1938.

Cast

Hugo Haas

žebrák-milionář Josef Dostál

Marie Glázrová

Zorka Náhlíková, Dostálova schovanka

Ladislav Boháč

advokát JUDr. Václav Neprosil

Vlasta Hrubá

prodavačka v automatu Máňa

František Kreuzmann

kancelářský sluha Alois Řeřicha

Milada Smolíková

vdova Slabá

František Roland

rada Bureš

Ella Nollová

domovnice

L. H. Struna

Albínin muž

Jarmila Beránková

prodavačka v automatu

Vilém Pruner

exekutor

Josef Gruss

kamelot

Jan Pivec

strážník

Stanislav Neumann

konkurenční žebrák

František Černý

blahobytný pán v bufetu

Milena Velíšková

prodavačka v automatu

Hermína Vojtová

žebračka Šavrdová

Eliška Kuchařová

malá žebračka

Jiří Schreinzer

zákazník v bufetu

Josef Sládek

vrchní v kavárně

Bolek Prchal

advokát

Jiřina Sedláčková

blondýnka dávající almužnu

Marie Bibikoffová

dívka ve světlém kloboučku

Crew and creators

Based on

Edmond Konrád (Kde se žebrá – divadelní hra)

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Unit Production Manager

Eduard Šimáček

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Selected Music

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Svatební pochod)

Production info

Original Title

Svět kde se žebrá

English Title

World Where One Goes Begging

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

17.06.1938

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech