A Step into the Darkness

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

17 February 1938

Runtime

86 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

detective, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Krok do tmy

Czech title

Krok do tmy

English title

A Step into the Darkness

Parallel title

Schritt ins Dunkel

Synopsis

Businessman Fred Baron wants to commit suicide because he does not have the money to pay a bill of exchange and he owes Mr. Haller money who has lost with him in Linde's casino. The adventurer Ronny prevents him from taking his own life and promises to help him. In Haller's villa, where he is searching for the documents, Ronny encounters the owner's daughter Eva. Her father is pressuring her to marry Mr. Linde, who is blackmailing him. Ronny discovers that Linde is producing counterfeit money in his casino. He suggests to Baron that he win the money where he has lost it and he promises Haller that he will arrange it so that Eva will not have to marry Mr. Linde. But Ronny is arrested in the casino and thrown in prison. Meanwhile Ronny's servant Valentin is looking for him at Haller's and is assaulted by the butler Josef. Eva sees everything, frees Valentin, and both hurry off to the casino. It has already been surrounded by the police. But Linde eventually succeeds in escaping in a car and he takes Eva with him. Ronny and the police pursue them. Eva manages to safely jump out of the vehicle right before it crashes. It is discovered that Ronny is not an adventurer but the captain of the secret police who were to neutralize the counterfeiter.

Cast

Václav Trégl

sluha u Ronnyho Valentin

František Smolík

rada obchodní komory Jan Haller

Adina Mandlová

Eva, Hallerova dcera

Zvonimir Rogoz

O. A. Linde, Evin snoubenec

Alena Frimlová

Magda, Lindeho milenka

Růžena Šlemrová

Filipova žena

František Kreuzmann

sluha u Hallera Josef

Petr Lotar

detektiv

František Roland

policejní inspektor

Antonín Jirsa

penězokaz Adolf

Jan W. Speerger

člen Lindeho party

L. H. Struna

člen Lindeho party

Jaroslav Bráška

hráč rulety

Michel Elaguine

hráč rulety

Miloš Šubrt

penězokaz

Karel Třešňák

host na večírku

Jiří Schreinzer

host na večírku

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Antonín Kubový

Screenstory

Eduard Fiker

Director of Photography

Otto Heller

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Gina Hašler

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Eman Fiala)

Songs

Jen málo věřím štěstí

Song Composer Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Sternwald
Singer Alena Frimlová

Production info

Original Title

Krok do tmy

Czech Title

Krok do tmy

English Title

A Step into the Darkness

Parallel Title

Schritt ins Dunkel

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

detective, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

start of filming 29 December 1937
end of filming 21 January 1938
date of censorship 02/1938
date of censorship 03/1943 (predikáty „uznáníhodný film“, „film pro Den hrdinů“ a „právo německého filmu“ /německy dabovaná jazyková mutace/)

Premiere

premiere 17 February 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Lucerna /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 23 April 1943 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Passage/1 týden/, Praha /německy dabovaná jazyková mutace/)

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 447 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech, German

Dialogue languages

Czech, German

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German