The Missing Cannon

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

16 January 1959

Runtime

72 min

Director

Josef Mach

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Zatoulané dělo

Czech title

Zatoulané dělo

English title

The Missing Cannon

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.

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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

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

Director of Photography

Julius Vegricht

Second Unit Photography

Stanislav Kautský

Camera Operator

Vladimír Pěkný

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Dudař

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Assistant Film Editor

Vilemína Prokopová

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch, Karel Jakl

Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Unit Production Manager

František Novák

Consultant

plk. František Nevěřil

Music

Music Composed by

Ludvík Podéšť

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Danced by

Taneční skupina Armádního uměleckého souboru Víta Nejedlého

Songs

Píseň o obyčejném vojákovi

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Procházka (2)
Singer Jan Sedliskýmužský sbor

Dobrý den

Songwriter Ludvík Podéšť
Writer of Lyrics Rudolf Franz
Singer Jan Sedliskýmužský sbor

Povídajú ludé

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Věra Příkazská

Production info

Original Title

Zatoulané dělo

Czech Title

Zatoulané dělo

English Title

The Missing Cannon

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 14 April 1958
technical Screenplay approved 11 July 1958
start of filming 16 July 1958
end of filming 24 November 1958
projection approval 16 December 1958

Premiere

premiere 16 January 1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař, Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Jiří Šebor (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

72 min

Original length in metres

2 043 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 1. soutěž o nejlepší filmovou fotografii roku 1958

1958
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Miloslav Mirvald