The Poisoned Light

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production year

1921

Premiere

21 October 1921

Runtime

62 min

Category

film

Genre

adventure, crime

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Otrávené světlo

Czech title

Otrávené světlo

English title

The Poisoned Light

Synopsis

Professor Grant signs a contract with Dr Selín on the sale of his invention of cold light, however, the plans of the invention remain hidden in Grant's flat. The illusionist Durk eavesdrops on the negotiations - he wants to get the plans for himself. A few days later Selín is found murdered and his friend, engineer Bell, draws the police's attention to a lightbulb filled with poisoned gas. Durk makes an appearance during the celebrations of Grant's daughter's birthday and steals the plans. The police discover Durk's identity from the fingerprints he has left behind although, according to their records, Durk is already supposed to be in prison. It turns out that he has escaped with the help of guard Karban and put his weak-willed brother in his place. Durk kidnaps Grant in order that the latter can bring his plans to fruition. Bell continues the search with Anny, he meets with Durk who overwhelms him in a fight. Durk locks him into a room with the poisonous lightbulb. Karban saves Bell just in time after a struggle with Durk. Bell and Anny follow Durk with the police and finally Bell not only gains Grant plans, but also his daughter.

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Cast

Karel Fiala

vynálezce prof. Oskar Grant

Anny Ondráková

Grantova dcera Anny

Karel Lamač

ing. Milan Bell

Jindřich Lhoták

dr. Karel Selín, zástupce světového svazu průmyslníků

Emil Artur Longen

iluzionista Durk vlastním jménem Jiří Darken/Durkův bratr

Jan S. Kolár

Durkův společník Ferdinand Karban

Přemysl Pražský

Durkův pomocník Martin Bálek

Antonín Marek

sluha/baron Evans Margus, generální sekretář světového svazu průmyslníků

Alfred Baštýř

policejní prezident

Václav Pražský

reportér Hynek

Vojtěch Záhořík

Grantův asistent

Jindřich Edl

detektiv Hall

Jiřina Janderová

Selínova společnice

Josef Blažek (2)

vrátný

Anna Lamačová-Karinská

host na seanci u Granta

Máša Kolárová

host na seanci u Granta

Crew and creators

Director of Photography

Otto Heller

Production Designer

Bohuslav Šula

Production info

Original Title

Otrávené světlo

Czech Title

Otrávené světlo

English Title

The Poisoned Light

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

adventure, crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1921

Production Year

1921

Premiere

premiere 21 October 1921 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /1 týden/ a Louvre /1 týden/, Praha)

Production

Kalos

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

American

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

62 min

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech