Hang On, Please, Connecting You!

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

20 April 1962

Runtime

25 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionshort

Original title

Okamžik, spojím!

Czech title

Okamžik, spojím!

English title

Hang On, Please, Connecting You!

Synopsis

The telephone cables hum day and night, transferring news from one end of the globe to another. The operators at the telephone switchboards help people in both their professional and personal matters and mediate events, which are both joyful and sad. They sometimes even help to save human lives by summoning up all theirs' strength... Jirka Vít and his mother are going to visit his father in distant Cuba. Jirka wants to take a hamster with him and selects him with his girlfriend Majka in a laboratory the night before the departure. Upon leaving the laboratory, he, however, breaks a test tube containing some liquid and one of the splinters scratches his skin. Jirka has no idea he was just infected with a dangerous diphtheria culture. The next morning, the doctor finds out what has happened and begins to act immediately. But Jirka is already on the aeroplane, heading to Cuba. The doctor, nonetheless, does not give up. Through the telephone switchboards in Prague, Bern, New York and Havana and with the help of dozens of unknown operators, it is eventually possible to divert the flight back to Prague and hand Jirka over to the hospital, where a team of doctors saves his life.

Cast

Hana Bartošková

Majka Soukupová

Karel Samek

Jirka Vít

Nina Jiránková

Jirkova matka

Věra Koktová

poštovní úřednice

Alena Frimlová

řečná žena

Milena Dvorská

spojovatelka

Ludmila Roubíková

správcová, Majčina matka

Josef Steigl

dispečer

Karel Peyr

náčelník

Dagmar Sedláčková

úřednice na letišti

zaměstnanci Compania Cubana de Aviation s. a.

zaměstnanci Letiště Praha Ruzyně

zaměstnanci Thomayerovy nemocnice v Praze-Krči

zaměstnanci Záchranné služby ÚNV

zaměstnanci Správy dálkových, telekomunikačních a radiokomunikačních spojů

zaměstnanci Československých aerolinií

Commentary

Crew and creators

Script Editor

Václav Borovička

Director of Photography

Svatopluk Malý

Production Manager

Josef Soukup

Consultant

Ing. Jaroslav Jirounek, Jindřich Černohorský

Music

Music Composed by

Václav Lídl

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Production info

Original Title

Okamžik, spojím!

Czech Title

Okamžik, spojím!

English Title

Hang On, Please, Connecting You!

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Production specifications

projection approval 31 December 1961

Premiere

premiere 20 April 1962 /suitable for youths/

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Duration typology

short film

Duration in minutes

25 min

Original length in metres

723 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 4. festival českých a slovenských filmů Košice

1962
Košice / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 3. dny krátkého filmu Karlovy Vary

1962
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia