In 1941, actor Vlasta Burian added to his filmography with this comedy about infamous free-riding passenger Ťopka, who ends up having to change his identity in order to avoid being caught. Ťopka dresses himself up as the stern head of his local village train station, hoping to fool the railways general inspector Kokrhel (Jaroslav Marvan). Among his farcical exploits, Ťopka tries to help the inspector’s charming wife Julia (Zita Kabátová) to escape the amorous advances of infatuated landlord Pěnkava. Burian also sings the film’s title song – the actor, and later also director at the Divadlo Vlasty Buriana theatre, began to take big screen roles after 1933. The much-loved Přednosta stanice (Station Master) is the last film from the varied career of director Jan Sviták. In May 1945, under mysterious circumstances, he was lynched by a mob of fanatical patriots.
Ťopka, the distinctive sandwich-board man, is able to apply himself to any situation. The truck in which he sleeps is one day coupled to a train which takes Kokrhel, the general inspector of the railways, on an inspection tour of the area. The discovery of a stowaway causes an unplanned stop at the station in Mokré nad Soupravou. Ťopka runs away and Kokrhel orders that he be found and punished. The local station master Jelen is unfortunately absent, having left for a choir rehearsal. The charming Mrs Jelen therefore warmly welcomes Ťopka as he appears in her husband's uniform and passes himself off as the station master. Kokrhel is extremely taken with the young woman and, in the light of her smile, he wholly overlooks the station master's total incompetence. He decides to fulfil Jelen's request for a transfer nearer the capital. When the real station master shows up, Kokrhel starts behaving in an unpleasantly businesslike fashion. Ťopka reminds him, however, that in flirting with the young lady, he had forgotten his duties and now he must carry out his promise.
černý pasažér Ťopka
přednosta stanice Anatol Jelen
přednostova žena Julie
generální inspektor drah Jiří Kokrhel
statkář Arnošt Pěnkava
Olga Pěnkavová, statkářova žena
skladník na nádraží Pivoda
služka v restauraci Pepička
kuchařka Růženka, Pivodova snoubenka
řidič u Pěnkavy Karel
kluk na kole pod chůdami
Zdeněk Martínek (vrchní rada)