Three Boiled Eggs

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

24 September 1937

Runtime

85 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

detective, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Tři vejce do skla

Czech title

Tři vejce do skla

English title

Three Boiled Eggs

Summary

After a two-year hiatus, Vlasta Burian returned to the screen in 1937 in a film in which the popular actor was supported by his tried-and-trusted collaborators – screenwriter Václav Wasserman and director Martin Frič. In the “sensational” plot, he was given his favoured comic role as a police employee Vincenc Babočka, who gives vent to his neglected crime-fighting ambitions while on holiday in Karlovy Vary. Thanks to his likeness to an adventurer called Weber, Babočka gets an opportunity to expose a criminal who intends to steal diamonds from the maharajah of Yohir. The character of the real Weber and Babočka’s disguise as Prince Nariškin provided Burian with the chance to play various characters with no holds barred. Other roles in this movie, which was a big hit with audiences, were played by Jaroslav Marvan, Čeněk Šlégl, and Antonín Novotný.

Synopsis

Vincenc Babočka is an unimportant employee at a police station. In his spare time he plays at being a detective because he feels his talents are not sufficiently exercised. On holiday in Karlovy Vary there is a case of mistaken identity and Babočka is taken to be Leon Weber, an international adventurer wanted by the police. He makes the most of his chance in the limelight and he remains in disguise so that he can expose Weber's accomplices who are plotting to steal the Maharajah of Yohir's diamonds. Babočka gets acquainted with the maharajah according to Weber's plan disguised as prince Nariškin. The situation is complicated by the arrival in Karlovy Vary of Weber himself. Babočka's disguise is so good that the accomplices are not even sure who their boss really is. Babočka then discovers that the maharajah is not who he claims to be. Babočka manages to get all the swindlers onto an aeroplane together and then he parachutes out with the stolen diamonds. He calls the police who wait at the airport to pick up the crooks.

Cast

Vlasta Burian

detektiv Vincenc Babočka/kníže Nariškin/mezinárodní dobrodruh Leon Weber

Rudolf Kadlec

mahárádža z Yohiru

Karel Dostal

mahárádžův sekretář

Helena Bušová

mahárádžova sekretářka Sandra Kotová

Bohuš Záhorský

Alois, Weberův komplic

Míla Reymonová

Jiřina, Weberova milenka

Theodor Pištěk

policejní komisař

Čeněk Šlégl

učitel zpěvu

Josef Steigl

ospalý cestující ve vlaku

Václav Mlčkovský

revizor ve vlaku

Miloš Šubrt

drožkář

Václav Menger

portýr v hotelu

Karel Jičínský

ředitel hotelu

Julius Lébl

detektiv

Karel Veverka

komorník u mahárádži

Frank Rose-Růžička

stráž maharadži

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

obchodník s klenoty

Jaroslav Bráška

obchodník s klenoty

Ada Karlovský

obchodník s klenoty

Marie Oliaková

host v hotelu

Jiří Hojer

detektiv Nick Carter

Josef Zora

detektiv Gaston Lecoq

R. A. Dvorský

klavírista na terase

Melody Boys

orchestr na terase

pes Rolf

Babočkův pes

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Gina Hašler, Eduard Šimáček

Screenstory

Jan Gerstel

Director of Photography

Ferdinand Pečenka

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Gina Hašler

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Production Manager

Antonín Procházka

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.,

Songs

Já neříkám tak ani tak

Songwriter Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Vlasta Burian

Oči černé

Songwriter Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Vlasta Burian

Pozvala mě jedna kněžna do kiosku

Songwriter Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Vlasta Burian

Production info

Original Title

Tři vejce do skla

Czech Title

Tři vejce do skla

English Title

Three Boiled Eggs

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

detective, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Production specifications

date of censorship 09/1937

Premiere

premiere 24 September 1937 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Alfa /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Ufa

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Barrandov

Distribution

Ufa

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

85 min

Original length in metres

2 420 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, English, Russian

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech