Second Shift

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production year

1940

Premiere

20 December 1940

Runtime

90 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Druhá směna

Czech title

Druhá směna

English title

Second Shift

Parallel title

Die zweite Schicht

Synopsis

Chief engineer Jiří Gregor and his wife Marie live in a coal-mining area. Jiří's friend, Petr Lukáš, is a frequent guest of theirs. One day Petr takes advantage of Jiří's absence to tell Marie he is in love with her. Just as he is trying to embrace her Jiří appears. Marie swears she does not share Petr's feelings. The next day Jiří goes down into the mine and meets Petr, whom he threatens to kill if he ever bothers his wife again. Then there is an explosion. Petr goes into the burning gallery with a rescue team. The team comes back without him. Gregor orders that the gallery be walled off to contain the fire. When the builders refuse to do as he says, Gregor builds the wall himself. The accident investigator orders the arrest of Jiří for what he has done. In the accident tribunal a letter is presented that appears to prove Petr had an affair with Marie. Jiří, in despair, admits to killing Petr. Marie has a nervous breakdown and in her feverish state calls out repeatedly that Petr is still alive. Petr then actually appears in the court room. Jiří is acquitted and the two men are reconciled.

Note

Poems by the poet Josef Hora are used in the film.

Cast

Zdeněk Štěpánek

vrchní inženýr Jiří Gregor

Vlasta Fabianová

Marie, Gregorova žena

Jaroslav Vojta

železničář Josef Kalina, Mariin otec

Ladislav Boháč

ing.Petr Lukáš

Vilém Pfeiffer

ing.K.Balcar

L. H. Struna

havíř Solar

Jindřich Plachta

havíř Jančar

Eman Fiala

havíř Obešlo

Bolek Prchal

havíř Mráček

Jan W. Speerger

havíř Prokeš

Miroslav Svoboda

důlní zedník Václav Machuta

Vladimír Salač

Frantík, Jančarův syn

Karel Dostal

předseda senátu

Miloš Nedbal

státní návladní

František Kreuzmann

vyšetřující soudce

Karel Černý

MUDr.Jan Václavík, primář nemocnice

František Roland

strážmistr četnictva

Vítězslav Boček

četnický praporčík

Karel Postranecký

četník Drtina

Alois Dvorský

lampář Josef Škoula

Věkoslav Satoria

soudní stráž

Jarmila Holmová

písařka u advokáta

Ladislav Kulhánek

lékař v nemocnici

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Screenstory

Jan Drda

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Blažek

Camera Operator

Jaromír Holpuch

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Jan Sinnreich

Unit Production Manager

Eduard Šimáček

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K. (Music Conducted by Otakar Pařík),

Songs

Zdař Bůh, zdař Bůh

Songwriter Miloš Smatek
Writer of Lyrics Josef Hora
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Druhá směna

Czech Title

Druhá směna

English Title

Second Shift

Parallel Title

Die zweite Schicht

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1940

Production Year

1940

Production specifications

date of censorship 2 December 1940 (kulturně-výchovný)
projection approval 15 June 1945 (konec povolení k promítání 15. 6. 1946)
projection approval 27 May 1946 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 12. 1946)

Premiere

premiere 20 December 1940 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/ a Světozor /3 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 06/1945 /unsuitable for youths/

Production

Elekta

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Elekta (původní 1940), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

90 min

Original length in metres

2 558 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: Národní ceny za umění filmové

1941
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jindřich Plachta