The Mystery of the Blue Room

detective

Typology

feature

Czech title

Záhada modrého pokoje

Runtime

72

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1933

Production year

1933

Premiere

03.02.1933

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Cikán, Karel Hašler (dialogová režie)

Screenplay

Karel Hašler

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

Miroslav Svoboda

Tom Brandt

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

Rudolf Žák

tajný

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

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 (Melody Boys R. A. Dvorského)

Songs

Po tobě toužím

Songwriter

Heinz Letton (Po tobě toužím)

Writer of Lyrics

Karel Hašler (Po tobě toužím)

Singer

Jiřina Šejbalová (Po tobě toužím)

Production info

Original Title

Záhada modrého pokoje

English Title

The Mystery of the Blue Room

Copyright

1933

Production Year

1933

Premiere

03.02.1933

Production

Lepka

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lepka

Technical info

Versions

Czech