The Mystery of the Blue Room

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

3 February 1933

Runtime

72 min

Director

Miroslav Cikán, Karel Hašler (dialogová režie)

Category

film

Genre

detective

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Záhada modrého pokoje

Czech title

Záhada modrého pokoje

English title

The Mystery of the Blue Room

Synopsis

Count Hellford tells to his daughter Irena and her friends Tom, Jimmy and Frank the tale of the blue room, in which three people lost their lives through mysterious causes. Tom wants to win Irena's admiration, and he proposes that each of them takes a turn at spending a night in the room. Tom spends the first night in the room. In the morning everyone discovers to their horror that the room's window is open and Tom has disappeared without a trace. The second night is Frank's turn, who hopes to solve the mystery. In the blue room he plays a spinet. Suddenly a shot rings out and Frank is found dead by the spinet. After this has happened Irena and Jimmy phone the police. During the investigation it comes to light that the count is not Irena's father but her uncle, who took charge of her after his brother abandoned his family. No one suspects that the old butler has secretly put up Irena's real father, who has shown up after twenty years, in the chateau. In an attempt to clear up the crime, Jimmy stays the third night in the blue room. Suddenly a shot rings out from the fireplace. Jimmy runs through the back entrance in pursuit of the unknown man, and with the assistance of the police he catches and disarms him. The culprit is identified as Tom, who admits that he wanted to use the history of the blue room to eliminate his rivals and win Irena for himself. He is charged with murder and the police lead him away.

Note

The film was shot after the German film Geheimnis des blauen Zimmers, that was directed in 1932 in Germany by Erich Engels.

Cast

Karel Hašler

hrabě von Hellford

Jiřina Šejbalová

Irena Hellfordová

Bedřich Vrbský

komisař Brown

František Kovářík

komorník Pavel

Jan Sviták

námořní důstojník Jimmy Brink

Antonín Novotný

reportér Frank Ferber

Jaroslav Marvan

policejní inspektor Gent

Helena Sedláková

komorná Betty

Milada Smolíková

kuchařka Marie

Jan W. Speerger

řidič Max

V. Sviták

detektiv

Crew and creators

Director

Miroslav Cikán, Karel Hašler (dialogová režie)

Based on

Erich Philippi (Geheimmis des blauen Zimmers /1932/ – film), Erich Engels (Geheimmis des blauen Zimmers /1932/ – film)

Screenplay

Karel Hašler

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Set Designer

Arnold Reimann

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Bedřich Poledník

Production Manager

Josef Hašler

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Hašler, Heinz Letton

Music Performed by

Melody Boys R. A. Dvorského (Music Conducted by R. A. Dvorský)

Songs

Po tobě toužím

Song Composer Heinz Letton
Writer of Lyrics Karel Hašler
Singer Jiřina Šejbalová

Production info

Original Title

Záhada modrého pokoje

Czech Title

Záhada modrého pokoje

English Title

The Mystery of the Blue Room

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

detective

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Production specifications

date of censorship 30 January 1933

Premiere

premiere 3 February 1933 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Fénix /2 týdny/ a Passage /2 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Lepka

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lepka

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

72 min

Original length in metres

2 064 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech