The Prague Executioner

adventure

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pražský kat

Runtime

97

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1927

Production year

1927

Premiere

02.12.1927

Language version

Czech

Director

Rudolf Měšťák

Screenplay

Rudolf Měšťák

Synopsis

The robber-knight known as the "Golden Prince" who, in public, holds the postition of imperial prosecutor, has the son of the Prague magistrate abducted by his gang and demands a large ranson. Jan, the son of Prague executioner Mydlář, is in love with the beautiful Apolenka. One day the girl takes Jan to the castle where she lives with her guardian, an old castellan. The castle is the seat of the "Golden Prince" who surprises the lovers and has them imprisoned. He thinks up a devilish plan, according to which Mydlář himself is to execute Jan and he calls the executioner to the castle in a letter. The castellan takes pity on Jan and secretly lets him go. Apolenka also flees the castle and is hunted by the knight's gang. She hides in a hut in the woods which, however, is inhabited by one of the gang members. She escapes from him and finally finds her beloved Jan. In the meantime the Prague magistrate and his soldiers storm the castle. His son is saved and the villainous prosecutor finds himself in the hands of Mydlář, the executioner.

Note

During the years 2017 – 2019 the film was reconstructed by the National Film Archive.

Cast

Gustav Frištenský

pražský kat Mydlář

Edmond Trachta

katův syn Jan

Anna Opplová

katova manželka

Marie Kalmarová

Apolenka, dcera kastelána

Otto Zahrádka

císařský prokurátor

Marie Kolmanová

manželka císařského prokurátora

František Růžička

císařský rychtář pražský

F. Růžičková

manželka pražského rychtáře

Alois Charvát

starý kastelán

Ada Velický

rychtářův sluha

L. H. Struna

lupič Vargo

Jan Richter

lupič Frank

František Lašek

katův pacholek

K. Bednář

katův pacholek

Jarka Pižla

hlídač ve věznici/lupič

Jindřich Plachta

posel lupičů

Josef Volman

lupič

Crew and creators

Based on

Josef Svátek (Pražský kat – román)

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Production info

Original Title

Pražský kat

English Title

The Prague Executioner

Copyright

1927

Production Year

1927

Premiere

02.12.1927

Production

Republicfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Republicfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech