The Trap

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Past

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1950

Production year

1950

Premiere

17.11.1950

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Miloslav Drtílek, Václav Gajer

Synopsis

It is 1942. The Gestapo in Prague are hunting down a resistance group which is supposed to be headed by a man called Čermák. A member of this group, Růžena Kubínová, is arrested during a sudden raid on the railway station. The Gestapo member Dönnert has recognized her and has her cruelly interrogated. The other resistance fighters, most of them railway workers, meanwhile try to renew contact with Pardubice where explosives suppliers are holed out. The confidente Herta Lenz is assigned to Růžena's cell and, thanks to her former life as an actress, manages to win the girl's confidence. When Herta is later "released", Růžena gives her a secret message to take with her. Růžena, however, does not tell her the essential information that Čermák is not a real person but only the codename of their group. The resistance fighters realize then that Herta is an agent. At Herta's instigation Růžena is allowed to escape. The confidente correctly assumes that she will come to her for shelter. When Růžena gets to her flat she discovers that Herta is an agent and, in the scuffle, shoots her dead. The underground movement members are able to continue their resistance activities.

Note

The film was originally meant to be directed by Václav Gajer.

Cast

Vlasta Chramostová

Růžena Kubínová alias Marie Kopalová

Majka Tomášová

konfidentka Herta Lenzová alias Anča Nováková

Miloslav Holub

gestapák kriminální rada Anton Dönnert

Vladimír Ráž

železničář Ferda Antoš alias Vachek

Otomar Krejča

železničář Bor

Karel Peyr

velitel gestapa Cortus

Jaroslav Mareš

gestapák Hans

Věra Kalendová

dozorkyně Kraftová

Terezie Brzková

vězeňkyně Karlička

Vladimír Hlavatý

odbojář Taraba

Bedřich Bozděch

bankovní úředník Diviš

Ella Nollová

spojka Božena Dokoupilová

Jiří Kostka

železničář Václav Lát

Marie Ježková

Látova žena

Mirko Čech

Holeček

František Miroslav Doubrava

údržbář Beran

Bohuš Hradil

hostinský Berka

Ferdinand Jarkovský

železničář Zelenka

Jarmil Škrdlant

údržbář Jaroslav Kafka

Magda Kopřivová

Kafkova matka

Antonín Jirsa

strojvůdce

Dagmar Hyková

Vlasta, dcera Látových

Josef Kozák

Pánek

Marie Nademlejnská

Pánkova žena

Emil Bolek

Franta

Ivo Niederle

návštěva ve vězení

Štěpán Bulejko

nádražní velitel Karl Dempke

Jaroslav Štercl

ustrašený SS

Miloslav Jenčík

poslíček v kavárně

Jindra Hermanová

žena žádající o propustku

František Marek

závodní stráž

Stanislav Jareš

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Second Unit Director

Václav Berdych

Based on

K. J. Beneš (Past – novela)

Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Set Designer

Jan Janda, František Straka

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš, Gustav Rohan

Music

Music Composed by

Dalibor C. Vačkář

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Past

English Title

The Trap

Copyright

1950

Production Year

1950

Premiere

17.11.1950

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Vladimír Kabelík

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 1. mezinárodní filmový festival v Indii

1952
Bombaj, Madrás, Nové Dillí a Kalkata / India

Vítěz

Event: Národní ceny za rok 1950

1950
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Vlasta Chramostová