Skeleton Key

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production year

1944

Premiere

22 December 1944

Runtime

88 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy, crime

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Paklíč

Czech title

Paklíč

English title

Skeleton Key

Parallel title

Der Dietrich

Synopsis

Writer of detective novels Gabriel Anděl, loves his wife Lola. The stubborn woman, however, interferes with his work so much that an argument between them eventually ends in a decision to file for a divorce. Gabriel intends to move into their country house. At this point inspector Čepelka arrives with a warning that an imposter is at large going by the name of Anděl who is trying to sell their villa to the Czech-American Fordson. The couple set out for their villa in the company of the inspector. Čepelka goes off to fetch police back-up and Anděl encounters frauds in his house pretending to be his staff. The couple are immediately imprisoned in the cellar. Fordson pays for the villa by cheque. In reality, he is not a Czech-American at all and the idea is to write a cheque for a higher sum and he would receive the difference in cash. The imposters leave and, after an accident, they find themselves in hospital. Gabriel and Lola are released from the cellar and return home. "Inspector" Čepelka, meanwhile, has robbed their flat but is soon arrested. The adventures spent together reconcile the couple once more.

Cast

Oldřich Nový

spisovatel detektivek Gabriel Anděl

Jiřina Steimarová

Lola, Andělova žena

Jaroslav Marvan

Vilibald Škarda alias inspektor A. Čepelka

Vlasta Hrubá

Lilian Škardová alias Frony Fordsonová, Škardova dcera

Miroslav Homola

podvodník Kofila vydávající se za spisovatele Anděla

Antonín Jirsa

podvodník Halama

Ferenc Futurista

podvodník Šajna alias Čechoameričan Fordson

Věra Hanslíková

služka u Andělů Anežka

Vladimír Řepa

podvodník Breburda alias notář JUDr. Adamíra

Eman Fiala

zloděj Petříček

Antonín Holzinger

pravý policejní inspektor A.Čepelka

Jindřich Láznička

domovník u Andělů Václav Koníček

Antonín Brož

ředitel hotelu

Jindřich Doležal

vrátný v hotelu

Josef Kemr

chlapec na kole

Josef Pehr

taxikář

Bolek Prchal

četník

Karel Šmíd

železničář

Ota Motyčka

Tonda, prodavač u benzinové pumpy

Jaroslava Panenková

manželka prodavače u benzinové pumpy

Alois Peterka

pokladník v bance

Josef Steigl

asistent pokladníka

Jaroslav Orlický

vrchní strážmistr

Karel Jelínek

strážník

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Ivo Novák

Based on

Eduard Fiker (Paklíč – román)

Director of Photography

Václav Hanuš

Set Designer

Josef Zezulka

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Antonín Rambousek

Production Manager

Otakar Sedláček

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Mastník, Josef Holomý

Cooperation

Willy Ströminger (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Music Performed by

Orchestr Pragfilmu

Production info

Original Title

Paklíč

Czech Title

Paklíč

English Title

Skeleton Key

Parallel Title

Der Dietrich

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy, crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production Year

1944

Production specifications

date of censorship 18 December 1944 (predikát „uznáníhodný film“)
projection approval 10/1945 (konec povolení k promítání 31. 12. 1948)

Premiere

premiere 22 December 1944 /suitable for youths/ (kina Adria /3 týdny/, Kapitol /3 týdny/ a Lucerna /3 týdny/, Praha)
renewed premiere 13 November 1945 /suitable for youths/

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm (původní 1944), Státní půjčovna filmů (obnovená 1945)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

88 min

Original length in metres

2 510 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