The Missing Cannon

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zatoulané dělo

Runtime

72

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

16.01.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Mach

Synopsis

Lieutenant Karel Horák is to transport a cannon from his garrison to Prague. He would like to get there before six in the morning to catch a train on which his girlfriend Hanča is travelling. The transport is accompanied by several soldiers and the dancer Olina who hurt her leg when performing with her dance group for the soldiers. Karel swaggers in front of the girl and pointlessly pesters his men. Karel's truck has to slow down in the night darkness and heavy fog. Trees broken by a windstorm appear on the road. The truck is brought to a stop by a gamekeeper. He needs to get a doctor from a nearby village to help his little son who is suffering from pains in his belly. Karel does not want to miss Hanča and turns down the gamekeeper's request. Eventually, his co-drivers persuade him to help. The doctor finds out that the boy suffers from acute appendicitis and must be immediately transferred to the hospital. This time Karel does not hesitate. The truck takes a shortcut through the woods. Karel risks his life when he drives over a shabby wooden bridge. The child is in the hospital and the adventure they all went through welds the company together. The affection between Karel and Olina is turning into a deeper emotion. The morning is coming and the truck is sure to be in Prague in time. But Karel does not care about meeting Hanča any more.

Cast

Miroslav Zounar

poručík Karel Horák

Milena Dvorská

tanečnice Olina

Martin Ťapák

řidič desátník Slávek Maťko

Jaroslav Mareš

svobodník Vočko

Antonín Šůra

četař Standa

Ivan Klička

saniťák zvaný Jogurt

Jan Sedliský

svobodník Arnošt Kubica

František Vicena

desátník Ferda

Gustav Nezval

plukovník Hanzlík

Bohumil Švarc

poručík Vašek

Rudolf Princ

výpravčí

Jarmila Smékalová

doktorka

Jan Skopeček

hospodský

Jiří Kabelák

pobočník

Petr Mach

nemocný chlapec Václav Kocáb

Bedřich Ulrych

kapitán, lékař

Ct. Crha

nadporučík, velitel baterie

Jarmila Navrátilová

pokojská

Eliška Velímská

manželka lékaře ve Hřbetech

Miloslav Novák

pobočník

Jan Sedliský

voják Kubica

Karla Chadimová

tanečnice

Hana Talpová

tanečnice

Vítězslav Černý

dělník Joža

Crew and creators

Director

Josef Mach

Second Unit Director

Antonín Kachlík

Assistant Director

Věra Filipová, Anna Pokorná

Screenstory

Jan Procházka

Shooting Script

Josef Mach

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Vladimír Pěkný

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Vladimír Slepička

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch, Karel Jakl

Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Unit Production Manager

František Novák

Consultant

plk. František Nevěřil

Cooperation

Československá lidová armáda, Vilemína Prokopová, Bohumil Dudař

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi, Dobrý den, Povídajú ludé

Songwriter

Ludvík Podéšť (Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi), Ludvík Podéšť (Dobrý den), lidová píseň (Povídajú ludé)

Writer of Lyrics

Jaroslav Procházka (2) (Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi), Rudolf Franz (Dobrý den)

Singer

Jan Sedliský (Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi), mužský sbor (Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi), Jan Sedliský (Dobrý den), mužský sbor (Dobrý den), Věra Příkazská (Povídajú ludé)

Danced by

Taneční skupina Armádního uměleckého souboru Víta Nejedlého

Production info

Original Title

Zatoulané dělo

English Title

The Missing Cannon

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

16.01.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech