Creditors' Day

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

13 October 1939

Runtime

89 min

Director

Gina Hašler

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Svátek věřitelů

Czech title

Svátek věřitelů

English title

Creditors' Day

Synopsis

The lawyer Losman and the banker Hegner have teamed up to commit a big swindle. The banker has bought an oil field, knowing well there is no oil there. Nevertheless he forced many people to buy shares in the enterprise - people who have lost money through his speculations before. Losman assures the shareholders that everything is in order, but in fact he is preparing to declare Hegner's bankruptcy. He also forces shares upon Hegner's ex-wife as compensation for her marriage portion and upon her niece instead of an inheritance from her father. Losman's legal assistant Kolčava, an honourable but naive man, slowly begins to realise how characterless his employer is. The swindlers, hounded by creditors, decide to speed up their operation. Losman gives Kolčava his notice but recommends him as a cashier with Hegner. The banker hands over three million crowns in cash to Kolčava and secretly orders a safebreaker to come and steal the money in a staged robbery. But Kolčava hides the money in a different place. He forces Hegner, who has been tied up by the robber, to sign his agreement to a creditors' meeting at which all the wrongfully gained money will be returned.

Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

advokát JUDr. Losman

Jindřich Plachta

solicitátor Kolčava

Raoul Schránil

Ing. Menšík

Čeněk Šlégl

bankéř Hegner

Růžena Šlemrová

bývalá Hegnerova žena

Božena Šustrová

Věra Navrátilová, neteř paní Hegnerové

Jarmila Holmová

JUDr. M. Vraná, koncipientka u JUDr. Losmana

L. H. Struna

kasař Tonda Lupínek

Eliška Pleyová

tanečnice Zuzi

František Černý

vinárník Václav Trachta

Stanislav Neumann

krejčí Pavelka

Jindřich Láznička

sluha u Hegnera Souček

Ella Nollová

věřitelka Machačová

Karel Postranecký

vrtmistr Zázvorka

Marie Hrdličková

komorná paní Hegnerové

František Haller

vrchní v baru Hollywood

Crew and creators

Director

Gina Hašler

Based on

Karel Piskoř (Svátek věřitelů – divadelní hra)

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Karel Petr Adam

Set Designer

Ferdinand Kliment

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Cooperation

Antonín Frič (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Fiala

Music Performed by

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

Production info

Original Title

Svátek věřitelů

Czech Title

Svátek věřitelů

English Title

Creditors' Day

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

start of filming 21 August 1939
end of filming 09/1939
date of censorship 10/1939
withdrawal from distribution 18 May 1945
projection approval 12/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 6. 6. 1947)
withdrawal from distribution 29 May 1947

Premiere

premiere 13 October 1939 /suitable for youths/ (kina Metro /1 týden/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 11 January 1946 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Laboratories

AB

Distribution

AB (původní 1939), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1946)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

89 min

Original length in metres

2 553 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

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Anketa deníku Večer – O nejlepší český film roku 1939 a o nejoblíbenější českou filmovou herečku a herce

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia