The Call of the Arctic

children, adventure

Typology

feature

Czech title

Ledové moře volá

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

17.11.1961

Language version

Czech

Director

Hanuš Burger

Synopsis

Růženka, Miloš, Petr and Tonda, all children in Prague's Old Town, often play together in the courtyard of their old apartment house. It is the year 1934 and the entire world is learning the news of the Soviet expedition ship caught in the icy waters of the Northern Sea Route. One hundred and six men of the ship's crew and the polar explorers have survived on an ice-floe but the vessel has sunk. The four friends decide to go and help the shipwrecked. Petr exchanges his bicycle for a second-hand compass. With the little bit of money they have earned doing small jobs, the children buy canned food. They pack blankets, skates and some food for the journey. After they fail to shake off Růžena's five-year old brother Ferdík the children take him with as well. Their first destination is Ústí nad Labem, where they want to borrow a barge from Miloš's uncle, worker Jelínek. They travel by train some of the way but don't have enough money so they continue on foot. The parents of the missing children go to the Police to ask for help. On the radio, the runaways hear the news about missing children and go into hiding. They are cold and hungry. Finally, Tonda can't take the hardships of their trip any longer and hitchhikes back to Prague. His police testimony makes top news in the newspapers. The rest of the children reach Ústí and sneak into a factory that is surrounded by the gendarmes because of a strike. They give their cans of food to the strikers and help smuggle the food sent by the workers from Prague into the factory. In the end, the children are reunited with their parents.

Note

Both The Film Review and the production papers list Václav Zeler in the role of Miloš, while the opening captions mention Václav Klofát in the same role.

Cast

Hana Bartošková

Růženka Kouklíková

Andrej Pavlov

Petr Knotek

Václav Klofát

Miloš Jelínek

Jaromír Sudek

Ferdík, Růženčin bratr

Ruppert Dubský

Tonda Klouda

Ladislav Potměšil

kamelot Rudla

Michael Dáňa

pikolík Karel

Karel Vojpich

Lojza

Jaroslav Vojta

děda Charouz

Karel Hlušička

redaktor Haló novin Kurt

Jan Skopeček

železničář Jelínek, Milošův otec

Valtr Taub

Knotek, Petrův otec

Věra Kubánková

Kouklíková, matka Růženky a Ferdíka

Eduard Dubský

komisař Krupička

Karel Houska

obchodník Josef Klouda, Tondův otec

Rudolf Princ

hostinský Ruml

Eman Fiala

vetešník Eduard Čaoej

Karel Pavlík

dělník Karel Holar

Bedřich Vrbský

rada Stoklasa

Jaroslav Mareš

reportér Jindra

Raoul Schránil

poručík četnictva, velitel zásahu

Rudolf Široký

četník Křesina

Jaroslav Orlický

četnický rotmistr Růžička

Mečislav Římal

četník

Karel Hovorka

četník

Ladislav Zápotocký

četník

Richard Záhorský

dělník u brány

Emil Rohan

stráž u brány

Ota Motyčka

školník Hubáček

Ludmila Roubíková

žena s dítětem před továrnou

Josef Steigl

obchodní cestující na nádraží

Jarmila Švabíková

dělnice Martička

Bohuš Hradil

dělník Jelínek, Milošův strýc

Eva Jiroušková

členka výboru

Karel Kocourek

muž s účesem na ježka

Dagmar Kofroňová

členka výboru

Commentary

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Matoušek

Assistant Director

Marie Zatloukalová, Drahomíra Reňáková, Lilian Havlíčková

Based on

Alex Wedding (Ledové moře volá /Das Eismeer ruft/ – povídka)

Shooting Script

Hanuš Burger

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pávek

Camera Operator

Karel Hejsek

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Ivan Síbrt, Ladislav Rada

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Fiala Karel (výroba), Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

O. Doležal

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Reiner

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Páni, jak veliký je ten svět

Songwriter

Karel Reiner (Páni, jak veliký je ten svět)

Singer

dětský sbor (Páni, jak veliký je ten svět)

Production info

Original Title

Ledové moře volá

English Title

The Call of the Arctic

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

17.11.1961

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Hanuš – Procházka, Ladislav Hanuš, Jan Procházka

Technical info

Versions

Czech