The Hard Life of an Adventurer

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production year

1941

Premiere

28 November 1941

Runtime

91 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

detective, comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Těžký život dobrodruha

Czech title

Těžký život dobrodruha

English title

The Hard Life of an Adventurer

Parallel title

Schwer ist das Abenteurerleben

Working title

Dobrodruh

Synopsis

The writer Karel Kryšpín finishes another adventure story about the gentleman robber Fred Flok. A man turns up in his apartment who claims to be Fred Flok. He refuses to leave the horrified Kryšpín but accompanies him wherever he goes, acting exactly in the manner the writer conceived. Kryšpín meets Helena, a young woman longing to get to know the underworld, and with her the shy writer and Flok have the most incredible adventures. In a factory a young man is arrested for attempted theft committed precisely according to an incident in one of Kryšpín's novels. Helena is abducted by Flok's gang and Kryšpín goes to the docks to save her. On board a boat there is a brawl during which Kryšpín shoots Flok. The writer is taken to the police station. There he meets Fred Flok, alive and well, who introduces himself as police inspector Niklas. He and his colleagues had decided to give Kryšpín a lesson to stop him writing books that glorify criminal.

Cast

Otomar Korbelář

Fred Flok, alias konzul Binder, alias komisař Niklas, alias ing. Benda

Ladislav Pešek

spisovatel Karel Kryšpín, uměleckým jménem Charles Crispin

Adina Mandlová

Helena Rohanová

Jaroslav Marvan

policejní inspektor Tichý

Karel Dostal

policejní rada dr. Seidl

Karel Černý

továrník Antonín Bureš

Vladimír Řepa

pokladník u Bureše

Karel Hradilák

sňatkový podvodník Karel

Rudolf Hrušínský

mladistvý lupič

Eman Fiala

dirigent

František Paul

vrchní v baru

Karel Postranecký

klenotník Jan Klement

Fred Bulín

falešný právní zástupce firmy Tresoria

Jindra Hermanová

oběť sňatkového podvodníka

Bolek Prchal

strážník

Karel Němec

strážník

Josef Hořánek

telefonující pán

Václav Švec

hospodský „U zvonu"

Špaček

detektiv

F. X. Mlejnek

karbaník a rváč

Fráňa Vajner

karbaník a rváč

Zurinek (zápasník)

rváč

Josef Svoboda

rváč

Michel Elaguine

telegrafista

Jan W. Speerger

člen Flokovy bandy

Emanuel Kovařík

člen Flokovy bandy

Bohuslav Kubásek

člen Flokovy bandy

František Lašek

člen Flokovy bandy

Ota Motyčka

čtenář Lidových novin

Karel Vlach

saxofonista

Lišáci

pěvecký sbor

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Screenstory

Vladimír Tůma

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Blažek

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Set Designer

Ina Žáková

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Jan Kubíček, Otakar Sedláček

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Music

Music Composed by

Eman Fiala

Music Performed by

Jazzový orchestr Bobka Bryena (Music Conducted by Bobek Bryen), Orchestr F.O.K.

Songs

Sám já chodívám rád

Songwriter Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Josef Gruss
Singer R. A. Dvorský

Každý musí někdy něco mít

Songwriter Eman Fiala
Writer of Lyrics Josef Gruss
Singer R. A. DvorskýLišáci

Production info

Original Title

Těžký život dobrodruha

Czech Title

Těžký život dobrodruha

English Title

The Hard Life of an Adventurer

Parallel Title

Schwer ist das Abenteurerleben

Working Title

Dobrodruh

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

detective, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1941

Production Year

1941

Production specifications

date of censorship 31 October 1941 (kulturně-výchovný)

Premiere

premiere 28 November 1941 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Adrie /3 týdny/ a Kapitol /3 týdny/, Praha)

Production

Brom

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Pragfilm Barrandov, Pragfilm Radlice

Distribution

Brom

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

91 min

Original length in metres

2 600 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

Tobis – Klang

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech, German