The last film made by the director Karel Lamač shortly before he emigrated from a country threatened by the Nazis was a doppelganger comedy with Vlasta Burian in the lead role. In the film, the popular comic plays Kryštof Rozruch, a hospital attendant who is provided with a sojourn in a health spa from the hospital insurance firm after being mistaken for his superior, the consultant Doctor Marek. In the spa town of Rochov, he meets with the real Doctor Marek, who is actually pretending to be Rozruch in front of his girlfriend Heda so that he can test the strength of her selfless love… This comedy of errors provided Burian and his colleagues with plenty of opportunity for improvisation. The ballad about delirium tremens that Rozruch uses to regale the drunk Doctor Brener (Jaroslav Marvan), was written especially for the film by the playwright Jiří Verner.
Rozruch, a male nurse at St James Hospital, receives a set of dentures from the health insurance company instead of the curative mud he expected. When he goes to the insurance company to sort out the mix-up, the clerks are not at all helpful. Councillor Pěna comes to the insurance company to arrange a daytrip with his lover, Věra the secretary, whom he wants to marry once his daughter Heda marries. Pěna announces that the senior consultant of St James Hospital, Mr Marek, will also be visiting and although he does not know him personally he asks that his wish be satisfied. When the angry Rozruch reveals a moment later that he is from St James Hospital, the clerks assume he is Marek and their behaviour instantly changes. Chief physician Bruner prescribes a stay at a spa and even drives him there personally the next day. The real Marek then arives at the spa with Heda to whom he had introduced himself as Rozruch to demonstrate the selflessness of her feelings. Pěna and Věra arrive too, unaware that Věra's mother is also there. In the small spa town everybody eventually meets and their secrets are exposed. After returning to Prague, Rozruch graduates, having secretly completed his studies of medicine, and Bruner gives him a job at the health insurance company.
Burian´a role - in the hotel book Krištof Rozruch, on the visiting card at the end of the film Kryštof Rozruch.
ošetřovatel v nemocnici Kryštof Rozruch
MUDr. Osvald Bruner, šéflékař nemocenské pojišťovny
tajemník nemocenské pojišťovny
sekretářka Věra Hornová
gremiální rada Richard Pěna
Heda, dcera rady Pěny
MUDr. Leon Marek, primář u sv. Jakuba
lékař u sv. Jakuba
pacient Matyáš Klůcek
vrátný v pojišťovně
vrátný v lázních
vinárník v lázních
pacient s nemocnými zuby
pacient s ovázanou hlavou
zřízenec v nemocnici
host v lázních
zpěvák v lázních
R. A. Dvorský (Orchestr R. A. Dvorského)
Krev a písek /Řekněte mi, seňorito/, Valčík naší lásky, Balada o deliriu tremens
Vlasta Burian (Balada o deliriu tremens) (recitace)
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