The Fourteenth at the Table

detective, comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Čtrnáctý u stolu

Runtime

85 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production year

1943

Premiere

24.09.1943

Language version

Czech

Director

Oldřich Nový, Antonín Zelenka

Synopsis

Thirteen guests gather at Mayor Bartoš's. They are troubled by the unlucky number and are glad when another guest appears, whose name coincidentally is also Čtrnáctý (Fourteenth). Everything would have been fine, but young Pavel Čtrnáctý caught sight of the mayor's daughter Ema and could not stop himself from kissing her. The girl immediately becomes the centre of gossip. The inquisitive Mrs Linhartová would like to get the bottom of the whole affair, so she invites round everybody who might have some information for her, but unfortunately the number of guests comes to thirteen again. The fourteenth guest is finally found in the Linharts' new librarian. To everyone's surprise, the librarian is Čtrnáctý. That evening, after looking through some rare editions, Pavel disappears. Under the name of Hubert Malina he immediately becomes the perfect valet of an industrialist called Bersecký. After the fiancé of Bersecký's daughter Count Alexy, is accused of theft, Pavel gives an explanation to this and the other strange goings-on. He in fact is a famous detective story writer and was looking for one peculiar last will on behalf of the Club of Detective Story Writers. He managed to fulfil this task as well as win Ema's heart.

Cast

Karel Höger

Pavel Čtrnáctý alias Hubert Malina

Ludvík Veverka

velkostatkář a starosta Jan Bartoš

Helena Friedlová

Bartošova žena Julie

Dagmar Frýbortová

Ema, dcera Bartošových

Vladimír Majer

dr. Viktorin, Pavlův přítel

Karel Dostal

velkoprůmyslník Karel Bersecký

Růžena Šlemrová

Berseckého žena

Libuše Zemková

Lydie, dcera Berseckých

Raoul Schránil

hrabě Quido Alexy, snoubenec Lydie

Jiřina Petrovická

Bibi, Alexyho přítelkyně

Ella Nollová

babička Hedvika

Zvonimir Rogoz

generální ředitel Rudolf Linhart

Jarmila Švabíková

Linhartova žena Eli

František Filipovský

Kilián Vaverka, bratr Julie Bartošové

Jiří Vondrovič

tajemník Kamenec

Anna Gabrielová

komorná u Berseckých Monika

Slávka Doležalová

služka u Bartošů Marie

Antonín Zacpal

host u Bartošů

Miroslav Doležal

host u Bartošů

Hermína Vojtová

host u Bartošů

Karel Peyr

host u Bartošů

Alois Peterka

dr. Malina

Miloš Šubrt

komorník Filip

Marie Vildová

komorná u Linhartových

Vasil Truchlý

houslista

Jan Fifka

host u Berseckých

Vladimír Pospíšil-Born

člen klubu detektivních spisovatelů „Stopa“

Michel Elaguine

člen klubu detektivních spisovatelů „Stopa“

Jaroslav Orlický

člen klubu detektivních spisovatelů „Stopa“

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Eduard Šimáček

Based on

Ossi Oswalda (Der Vierzehnte am Tisch)

Screenplay

Josef Mach

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Prokop Pěkný

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Production Manager

Vilém Brož, Oldřich Papež

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Singer

Oldřich Nový (Kdybych já byl náměsíčník – píseň)

Production info

Original Title

Čtrnáctý u stolu

English Title

The Fourteenth at the Table

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

detective, comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1943

Production Year

1943

Premiere

24.09.1943

Production

Lucernafilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Lucernafilm

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

85 min

Versions

Czech