The Star from the Back of Beyond

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production year

1939

Premiere

7 April 1939

Runtime

100 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Hvězda z poslední štace

Czech title

Hvězda z poslední štace

English title

The Star from the Back of Beyond

Synopsis

Šnajdr's itinerant theatre ensemble comes to Bláhov where they also attempt to find some luck. The actors disperse through the town and try to get the local dignitaries to come to their performance. The theatre's servant, Jozífek, discovers the most grateful visitor in the young girl Emilka who longs to became an actress. Jozífek promises her a small role. In the evening a drama is staged, but the actors are such amateurs that there is no dearth of comic situations. During the play, however, a scandal takes place and the burgomaster banishes the ensemble from the town. Emilka decides at once to secretly leave home and run off with the acting troupe. Though the director's wife does not want Emilka to act, the young girl does not let herself get discouraged by the first obstacles. Jozífek takes her under his wing and she helps him with everything that he must do. Everyone likes her, only the young actor Melichar kids her. He soon becomes crest-fallen and the couple fall in love with each other. At one stop the director disappears with his wife. Threatened with ruin by this the ensemble breaks up. Emilka, however, takes everything into her own hands and saves the theatre.

Cast

Ludvík Veverka

divadelní ředitel Richard Šnajdr

Světla Svozilová

Hermína, Šnajdrova žena

Jan Pivec

herec Melichar

Karel Hradilák

herec Kalina

Emilie Hráská

herečka Lásková

Václav Trégl

cedulář Jozífek

Milada Gampeová

majitelka krejčovství Agáta Kudějová

Adina Mandlová

Emilka, neteř Kudějové

František Černý

purkmistr v Bláhově Vencl Dlabolka

Jarmila Švabíková

Harpyje, Dlabolkova žena

Karel Černý

starý herec Purkrábek

Jindřich Plachta

vůdce loupežníků Černý Petr

Ferenc Futurista

loupežník

Eman Fiala

loupežník

Vojta Merten

loupežník

Ota Motyčka

loupežník

Vladimír Řepa

loupežník

Jan W. Speerger

loupežník

Arnošt Mirský

nápověda Mikolášek

Jiřina Hladíková

dcera purkmistra Dlabolky

František Paul

sklepník Datlík

Bolek Prchal

podomek Vojta

Rudolf Hrušínský st.

velitel městské stráže

Karel Němec

poštovní posel

Antonín Frič

hostinský v Postrachově

Frank Rose-Růžička

podomek v hospodě

Ferdinand Jarkovský

stráž městské brány

Crew and creators

Screenstory

Karel Steklý

Screenplay

Karel Steklý

Director of Photography

Josef Střecha

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Václav Dražil

Unit Production Manager

František Urbánek

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Fiala

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Figarova svatba)

Songs

Starý Noe hospodařil

Songwriter Jiří Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Karel Steklý
Singer Adina Mandlovásbor

Píseň loupežníků

Songwriter Jiří Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Karel Steklý
Singer Ferenc Futuristasbor

Peníze jsou pány světa

Writer of Lyrics Josef Kajetán Tyl
Singer Bedřich Veverka

Jak to skončí medle, zvíte na divadle

Songwriter Jiří Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Karel Steklý
Singer František FilipovskýAdina Mandlová

Vane větřík po lučinách

Songwriter Jiří Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Karel Steklý
Singer Adina Mandlová

Production info

Original Title

Hvězda z poslední štace

Czech Title

Hvězda z poslední štace

English Title

The Star from the Back of Beyond

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1939

Production Year

1939

Production specifications

date of censorship 03/1939

Premiere

premiere 7 April 1939 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Máj /2 týdny/ a Ráj /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

100 min

Original length in metres

2 850 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