The Klapzuba's Eleven

comedy, sport

Typology

feature

Czech title

Klapzubova XI.

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

02.09.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Ladislav Brom

Screenplay

Karel Steklý, Ladislav Brom

Screenstory

Ladislav Brom

Summary

Ladislav Brom made this sports comedy in 1938, working from a script written by Karel Steklý – soon to become a successful director himself – which was based on Eduard Bass’ humorous and eponymous book. Similarly to the book, the film’s main attraction is a team of 11 gifted footballers – all sons of garage owner Klapzuba. In addition to delving into the temptations of going professional (and jeopardising family harmony), this easy-viewing movie also features a romantic flare-up involving centre forward Pepík Klapzuba (Jan Šebor) and pretty Eva (Hana Vítová). The parents are played in what was an internationally successful motion picture by Theodor Pištěk and Antonie Nedošinská, while other parts are assigned to equally prominent contemporary stars of the silver screen. The footballers were mostly played by non-actors and professional athletes. In its day the film attracted attention not just for its sporting theme, but also for its patriotic feel.

Synopsis

The owner of an auto-repair shop, Klapzuba, has eleven athletically talented sons. The former internationalist Hájek persuades them to form their own football team. The boys train hard and play their first successful match. Two of the brothers, Pepík and Jarda, go for a drive in the repaired automobile of banker Šlejhar. On the roadway they aid two young girls who have wrecked their car. Eva Bínová, the daughter of the president of the S. K. Meteor company, and her friend Helena would like to go to the week-end house. The young men fix the car and Pepík has his eyes fixed on Eva. Helena discovers in addition that according to the licence plate number of the car, Pepík is the banker's son. Helena's friend wants to make use of this connection and she stops by the actual banker's son, Professor Šlejhar. But the young professor understandably denies any connection with Eva. Thus the annoyed girl ends the short acquaintanceship. The brothers leave for a tour and spread the fame of our football at home and abroad. The builder Bína invites Pepík over and offers him a professional contract. Eva, who has grasped the accidental confusion of before, makes her peace with Pepík. The amateur football club The Klapzubas is not able to financially sustain itself and therefore its members are compelled to sign transfers to other clubs. In the evening before the European Cup the national team disintegrates due to the various injuries of the players. The Klapzuba eleven are once again reunited, returning to amateur football and forming the new and successful national team.

Note

Among other shots, used in the film, are shots from the World Cup match between Czechoslovakia and Brazil in Bordeaux in France (1938) and shots from: the match between Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria (1938), the match between Czechoslovakia and Wolverhampton Wanderers (England) and the match between Slávie and Genova (1938). Theodor Pištěk acts Krištof Klapzuba, but his auto-repair is named Kryštof´s.

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Cast

Theodor Pištěk

majitel autosprávkárny Krištof Klapzuba

Antonie Nedošinská

Kamilka, Klapzubova žena

Fanda Mrázek

Jarda Klapzuba

Jan Šebor

Pepík Klapzuba, střední útočník

Jiří Vondrovič

Standa Klapzuba

Vilém Šťovík

Láďa Klapzuba

Josef Hampacher

Béďa Klapzuba

Raoul Schránil

Olda Klapzuba

Josef Zeman (herec)

Franta Klapzuba

Karel Fořt

Václav Klapzuba

František Kužel

Honza Klapzuba, brankář

bratři Ronkové

dvojčata Cyril a Metoděj Klapzubové

Jiří Steimar

stavitel ing. J. Bína, předseda S. K. Meteoru

Hana Vítová

Eva, Bínova dcera

Jan S. Kolár

kapitán fotbalové asociace

Vilém Pfeiffer

mezinárodní agent Dostál

Jaroslav Marvan

fotbalový nadšenec Novák

Míla Svoboda

Bivoj, Novákův syn

Bláža Lubinská-Lustigová

Helena, Evina přítelkyně

Bedřich Veverka

redaktor Palička

Stanislav Neumann

profesor Šlejhar, syn bankéře

František Filipovský

funkcionář S. K. Meteoru

Jára Kohout

majitel benzinové pumpy Hájek, trenér a bývalý fotbalista

Ladislav Hemmer

hlasatel Běhounek

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

sekretář fotbalové asociace

Gabriel Hart

klubovní lékař

Václav Mlčkovský

člen výboru fotbalové asociace

Julius Baťha

Bárta, host u Bínů

Karel Šott

ředitel kladenských železáren, host u Bínů

Taťána Kolárová

host u Bínů

Marta Školudová

Bártova žena, host u Bínů

R. A. Strejka

kamarád Pepíka Klapzuby

Josef Kemr

mladý fotbalista

Bedřich Bozděch

divák na kopané

Fráňa Vodička

divák na kopané

Arnošt Mirský

divák na kopané

Josef Kotalík

zákazník u pumpy/divák na kopané

Ladislav Brom

druhý hlasatel

Marie Svobodová

komorná u Bínů

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Ladislav Brom

Based on

Eduard Bass (Klapzubova jedenáctka – povídka)

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

František Nestler

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Jan Gerstenberger

Music

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Ukolébavka z Harlemu /Harlem-Blues/, Krčma v Oděse /Tango/, Mladá stráž /Pochod/, Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/

Songwriter

František Svojík (Ukolébavka z Harlemu /Harlem-Blues/), Josef Dobeš (Krčma v Oděse /Tango/), Josef Dobeš (Mladá stráž /Pochod/), Josef Dobeš (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/)

Writer of Lyrics

Ladislav Brom (Ukolébavka z Harlemu /Harlem-Blues/), Ladislav Brom (Krčma v Oděse /Tango/), Ladislav Brom (Mladá stráž /Pochod/), Ladislav Brom (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/)

Singer

Míla Spazierová-Hezká (Ukolébavka z Harlemu /Harlem-Blues/), Míla Svoboda [dab] (Krčma v Oděse /Tango/), Oldřich Kovář (Krčma v Oděse /Tango/), Jaroslav Marvan [dab] (Krčma v Oděse /Tango/), mužský sbor (Mladá stráž /Pochod/), mužský sbor (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Fanda Mrázek (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Jiří Vondrovič (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Raoul Schránil (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Jan Šebor (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Vilém Šťovík (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Josef Hampacher (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Josef Zeman (herec) (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), Karel Fořt (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), František Kužel (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/), bratři Ronkové (Píseň Klapzubů /Auta, mota, vagon spací/)

Production info

Original Title

Klapzubova XI.

English Title

The Klapzuba's Eleven

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

02.09.1938

Production

Reiter

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Reiter (původní 1938), Ústřední půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1968), Národní filmový archiv (obnovená 2018)

Technical info

Versions

Czech