The Last of the Mohicans

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Poslední mohykán

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1947

Production year

1947

Premiere

05.09.1947

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Slavínský

Screenplay

Jaroslav Mottl, Josef Hlaváč

Summary

F. X. Svoboda’s comedy drama was first adapted for film by Martin Frič (Poslední muž [The Last Man]) in 1934, with Hugo Haas starring in the title role. The popular production was then brought to cinemas once again 13 years later under the direction of Vladimír Slavínský. The lead this time was played by Jaroslav Marvan. He depicted both the uptight family tyrant Bořivoj Kohout and his easygoing twin brother Jaroslav. Implored by the suitor of Bořivoj’s daughter, Jaroslav agrees to teach his brother a lesson. Following a conflict in a circus involving big cats and their tamer, Bořivoj ends up in an asylum and the quick-thinking twin can only get him out by swapping places with him. The short-tempered moraliser thus learns at last about the preposterousness of his ideas of family order as well as about how he is perceived by his closest ones… Marvan was joined in this light movie by co-stars including Meda Valentová and Soňa Červená.

Synopsis

The antiquarian Bořivoj Kohout puts great effort into keeping his wife and children - two daughters and a son - under strict control. His daughter Zdeňka's suitor Bečvář intends to conquer his tyranny and thus help the family towards a more peaceful life and pave the way towards his marriage to Zdeňka. For him to succeed requires a lot of painstaking work. Meanwhile, Bořivoj Kohout's brother Jaroslav wants to appease his principled brother and travels to Prague to see him. At the circus Bořivoj tries to stop a production being organized by the lion-tamers. As the chairman of an association for the protection of animals he wants to put an end to such maltreatment. He is taken to a hospital for nervous disorders since no-one believes that a healthy person could act the way he does. Bečvář contacts Jaroslav Kohout and they try to have Bořivoj released from the institution. The price for this help is an exchange of role - Jaroslav remains in the hospital instead of Bořivoj, and Bořivoj, who looks identical to his brother, returns home as Jaroslav. This change of identity enables Bořivoj to discover the true situation in his family and the views of his wife and children on his tyrannical behaviour. This recognition cures him of his dictatorial ways, and peace and mutual understanding finally return to the family circle.

Note

This theme had already been treated in a Czech film under the title The Last Man (directed by Martin Frič, 1934).

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Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

Bořivoj Kohout/Jaroslav, Bořivojův bratr

Meda Valentová

Kohoutová, Bořivojova žena

Soňa Červená

Helena, Bořivojova dcera

Dagmar Frýbortová

Zdeňka, Bořivojova dcera

Jaroslav Mareš

Jaroslav, Bořivojův syn

Eman Fiala

Antonín, Bořivojův pomocník

František Hanus

ing. Karel Bečvář, Zdeňčin snoubenec

Oldřich Slaný

dr. Marek, Helenin snoubenec

Blažena Slavíčková

služebná Baruška

Jaroslav Seník

profesor

Ota Motyčka

ošetřovatel Petr

Erik Zámiš

simulant Viktor

Bedřich Vrbský

ředitel cirkusu

Alena Kreuzmannová

Tonča Vacková

Josef Chvalina

zřízenec cirkusu

František Stach

lékař v sanatoriu

Antonín Jirsa

zřízenec v sanatoriu

F. X. Mlejnek

zřízenec v sanatoriu

Valja Petrová

žena se psem

Olga Příhodová

žena s kočkou

Václav Landa

krotitel šelem

Václav Trégl

zřízenec v cirkuse

Josef Steigl

kočí

Jindra Hermanová

žena ve vlaku

Jan S. Kolár

aukcionář

Karel Effa

přihazovatel

Bohumil Paris

biletář v cirkusu

Rudolf Hrušínský

návštěvník u starožitníka

Miloš Vavruška

muž na plaveckém stadionu

František Pozner

člen spolku pro ochranu zvířat

Rudolf Princ

jednatel spolku

Jiří Vondrovič

člen výboru spolku

Karel Šebesta

mladík na plaveckém stadionu

Crew and creators

Based on

F. X. Svoboda (Poslední muž – divadelní hra)

Second Unit Photography

Jaromír Holpuch

Camera Operator

Jiří Tarantík

Production Designer

Karel Škvor, Miroslav Pelc

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Bohumil Šmída

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Šebor, Vratislav Innemann

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Smatek

Selected Music

Bernhard Flies (Ukolébavka /Schlafe, mein Prinzchen/)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Poslední mohykán

English Title

The Last of the Mohicans

Copyright

1947

Production Year

1947

Premiere

05.09.1947

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Josef Střecha

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Mottl

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Slavínský

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Josef Hlaváč

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Aprobační komise pro schvalování českých filmů

1947
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Marvan