Watch Out for the Ghosts

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Pozor straší

Runtime

91 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

23.12.1938

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Lamač

Synopsis

Musical clowns Rik and Rak, Švamberk and his daughter Zdeňka, scrape a living by travelling round village fairs. Zdeňka confides in the old clown Tom and tells him that her father grew up at Lípov castle located nearby but that his father disinherited him for marrying a comedienne. Following Tom's advice, Zdeňka sends her grandfather a promotional photograph and asks to meet with him. She is then invited to the castle but, since her grandfather, judging by the photograph, thinks she is a man, Zdeňka has to pretend to be his grandson. Grandfather hires a tutor and Zdeňka soon falls in love with the young and attractive Jiří. Grandfather's friend and his daughter Lída arrive at the castle; Jiří initially shows slight interest in Lída. He tells "Zdeněk", however, that he prefers the romantic type, like the mysterious dona Isabella in the painting in the hall. When a costume ball is held at the castle, Zdeňka decides to dress as Isabella and wins Jiří's heart. In order to drive Lída out of the castle, Zdeňka and the faithful servant Dominik dress as ghosts. Zdeňka's secret is then revealed and she leaves the castle in shame. Grandfather and Jiří try to find her and the former makes his peace with both son and granddaughter.

Cast

Věra Ferbasová

hudební klaun Rak, vlastním jménem Zdeňka

Ludvík Veverka

hudební klaun Rik, otec Zdeňky

Karel Černý

statkář Jaroslav Švamberk, dědeček Zdeňky

Václav Trégl

sluha na zámku Dominik

Jaroslav Marvan

notář Jan Setunský

Antonín Novotný

Ing. Jiří Kristen, notářův synovec

Theodor Pištěk

starožitník Cyril Kulich

Milena Velíšková

Lída Kulichová, starožitníkova dcera

Alois Dvorský

starý klaun Tom

Josef Steigl

hotelový vrátný František Blecha

Jan W. Speerger

hotelový sluha Josef

Josef Příhoda

pouťový vyvolavač

Emil Dlesk

cirkusák

František Černý

divák v cirkuse

Jiří Schreinzer

divák v cirkuse

F. X. Mlejnek

kuchař na zámku

František Paul

číšník na večírku

Naďa Hajdašová

sólová tanečnice na večírku

Jaroslav Hladík

host na večírku

Bobina Prošková

host na večírku

Crew and creators

Director

Karel Lamač

Assistant Director

Josef Zezulka

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Titles Designed by

Martin Frič

Production Manager

František Jerhot

Music

Music Composed by

Erno Košťál

Songs

Bože, co ti lidé mají, Hymstydy bumsty, Nemelem, nemelem

Songwriter

Erno Košťál (Bože, co ti lidé mají), Erno Košťál (Hymstydy bumsty)

Writer of Lyrics

Felix de la Cámara (Bože, co ti lidé mají), Karel Lamač (Bože, co ti lidé mají), Felix de la Cámara (Hymstydy bumsty), Karel Lamač (Hymstydy bumsty)

Singer

Věra Ferbasová (Bože, co ti lidé mají), Ludvík Veverka (Bože, co ti lidé mají), Ludvík Veverka (Hymstydy bumsty), Věra Ferbasová (Hymstydy bumsty), Věra Ferbasová (Nemelem, nemelem)

Production info

Original Title

Pozor straší

English Title

Watch Out for the Ghosts

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Premiere

23.12.1938

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Meissner

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

91 min

Versions

Czech