The End of Ghosts

children, adventure

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Konec strašidel

Runtime

76 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1952

Production year

1952

Premiere

14.08.1953

Language version

Czech

Director

Jan Matějovský, Jiří Slavíček

Synopsis

Jirka and Frantík are not part of the pioneer children's collective. They do not study enough and don't even take part in the competition to collect the most scrap and re-cycling material. After talking to their school mates both boys agree in the end to go off and look for scrap. They head for a seemingly empty villa which once belonged to the former owner of the local glassworks, Lorenz, who fled the country. When they enter the villa a ghostly mask appears before Jirka and he runs away. From that time on Frantík insists that the place is haunted. During the holidays the children are playing near the villa and their ball drops into the garden. While they are searching for their ball the children discover a secret corridor which leads to the cellar. There they encounter Lorenz who has secretly crossed the border. He is waiting for Soukup in the villa who is supposed to be providing him with plans from the glassworks for the production of reinforced glass. Lorenz threatens the children; he is armed, however, Jirka's and Frantík's brave intervention prevents anyone being killed or wounded. Meanwhile the police have entered the villa, who were alerted after it was discovered that Soukup had used force to get hold of the plans. The children are saved and Jirka and Frantík are praised for their courage. They are also finally accepted into the pioneer organization.

Cast

Bohuš Hradil

ředitel sklárny

Jaromír Spal

sklář Alois Mikeš

Oldřich Lukeš

předseda závodní rady Zapletal

Běla Jurdová

sekretářka ředitele sklárny

Jarmila Kurandová

babička Zapletalová

Jiří Suk

pohraničník Vrána

Antonie Hegerliková

Vránova žena

Štěpán Zemánek

velitel pohraniční stráže

Theodor Pištěk

strýček Martin, vedoucí sběrny surovin

Josef Beyvl

zřízenec Soukup

Vítězslav Vejražka

Lorenz, bývalý majitel sklárny

Josef Chvalina

Fikar, bývalý správce pily

Stanislav Fišer

svazák Rudla

Josef Feit

Toník, syn Vránových

Pavel Mareš

Lojzek, Mikešův syn

Alois Procházka

Jirka, Zapletalův syn

Zdeněk Celner

Honzík, Frantíkův bratr

Jarmila Pucholtová

Alenka, dcera Vránových

Jaroslav Viterna

chlapec

Lída Jirounková

dívka

Hynek Němec

dělník

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Viktor Karásek

Camera Operator

Kamil Kadeřábek

Production Designer

Ferdinand Fiala, Karel Škvor

Make-Up Artist

Karel Holek

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Production Manager

Bohuslav Kubásek

Unit Production Manager

Hubert Novotný

Consultant

Miroslav Bašta

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Kapr

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Milivoj Uzelac (FISYO)

Songs

Země pionýrů

Singer

dětský sbor (Země pionýrů)

Production info

Original Title

Konec strašidel

English Title

The End of Ghosts

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children, adventure

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1952

Production Year

1952

Premiere

14.08.1953

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

76 min

Versions

Czech