Man from the Unknown

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

22 December 1939

Runtime

84 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

drama, psychological

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Muž z neznáma

Czech title

Muž z neznáma

English title

Man from the Unknown

Synopsis

The American industrialist Graigs is reported missing during a trip to Bohemia. In Prague a man with a striking resemblance to Graigs, but with no identification on him, is held by the police. The doctor, secretary and employees of the hotel claim that this man is the industrialist, but the man refuses this statement. Then he discovers that the man is notorious for his hard and despotic charakter. He agrees to travel to London where he begins to carry out extensive social changes in favour of the workers at the plants. He also discovers that Graigs is currently going through a divorce. The beautiful Mrs Graigs, however, notices the changes in her husband and begins to fall in love with him again. The real Graigs is now recovering after a long period spent nursing a serious injury which he suffered in the mountains. When his health returns to normal he goes back to London. Graigs meets his double and tries to shoot him during an argument. Unawares, a worker at his factory discourages him from abandoning the changes at the plant when he says that employee satisfaction is much more productive than exploitation. Graigs' wife already knows that she loves "the other one". Fortunately, his gunshot wounds are not serious and they are finally able to leave together.

Note

The furniture used in the film was supplied by Company UP in Brno. The film was presented at the 8th Venice Film Festival, 1940.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

muž z neznáma/John Graigs, americký průmyslník

Jiřina Štěpničková

Helena, Graigsova žena

Zvonimir Rogoz

Graigsův tajemník Clifford

Karel Černý

vrchní ředitel oceláren Black

Karel Dostal

viceprezident Northon

Jaroslav Průcha

lékař MUDr. White

Božena Šustrová

Nelly Wernerová, Graigsova milenka

Jarmila Holmová

Bobova žena

Vladimír Šmeral

pacient Dvořáček

Jaroslav Vojta

dělník v ocelárnách

Marie Burešová

děvče z přístavu

Bolek Prchal

policejní komisař

Libuše Rogozová

sekretářka

Jaroslav Hladík

ředitel hotelu

Vladimír Smíchovský

mluvčí dělníků

Otto Čermák

primář nemocnice

Antonín Kandert

Helenin právní zástupce Goodman

Jindra Hermanová

komorná paní Graigsové

Doďa Pražský

komorník u Graigse

Josef Hořánek

člen správní rady

Jaroslav Sadílek

člen správní rady

Antonín Strnad

člen správní rady

Karel Šott

člen správní rady

Miloš Šubrt

člen správní rady

František Roland

člen správní rady

Karel Roden st.

člen správní rady

Marie Nademlejnská

členka správní rady

Růžena Kurelová

členka správní rady

Josef Kraus (2)

tajný

Jan W. Speerger

strážník

Jiří Hron

zaměstnanec hotelu

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Eduard Šimáček

Director of Photography

Jan Roth

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Rudolf Žák

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

František Pilát

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Cooperation

Věra Pečenková (vedoucí dialogu), Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Miloš Smatek)

Production info

Original Title

Muž z neznáma

Czech Title

Muž z neznáma

English Title

Man from the Unknown

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, psychological

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 18 December 1939
projection approval 22 August 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 22. 8. 1947)
projection approval 1947 (neschváleno do distribuce)

Premiere

premiere 22 December 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Blaník /2 týdny/ a Světozor /2 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 15 September 1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Lloyd

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

FAB Hostivař

Distribution

Lloyd (původní 1939), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

84 min

Original length in metres

2 400 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, German

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Stuhy časopisu Český filmový zpravodaj

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Martin Frič

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1940
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Alois Mecera