Watch Out for the Ghosts

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production year

1938

Premiere

23 December 1938

Runtime

91 min

Director

Karel Lamač

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pozor straší

Czech title

Pozor straší

English title

Watch Out for the Ghosts

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

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

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

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Felix de la CámaraKarel Lamač
Singer Věra FerbasováLudvík Veverka

Hymstydy bumsty

Songwriter Erno Košťál
Writer of Lyrics Felix de la CámaraKarel Lamač
Singer Ludvík VeverkaVěra Ferbasová

Nemelem, nemelem

Singer Věra Ferbasová

Production info

Original Title

Pozor straší

Czech Title

Pozor straší

English Title

Watch Out for the Ghosts

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1938

Production Year

1938

Production specifications

date of censorship 12/1938

Premiere

premiere 23 December 1938 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Letka /1 týden/, Máj /2 týdny/ a Ráj /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Meissner

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Meissner

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 600 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech