Skeleton Key

comedy, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Paklíč

Runtime

88

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1944

Production year

1944

Premiere

22.12.1944

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Cikán

Screenplay

Jaroslav Mottl, Miroslav Cikán

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 Čepelka

Vlasta Hrubá

Škardova dcera Lilian, alias Frony

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

Milada Smolíková

hospodská

Jiří Vondrovič

číšník

Antonín Holzinger

pravý policejní inspektor A.Čepelka

Jindřich Láznička

domovník u Andělů Václav Koníček

Antonín Strnad

advokát

Antonín Brož

ředitel hotelu

Miroslav Doležal

vrátný v hotelu

Josef Kemr

chlapec na kole

Josef Pehr

taxikář

Bolek Prchal

četník

Karel Šmíd

železničář

Ota Motyčka

prodavač u benzinové pumpy Tonda

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)

Set Designer

Josef Zezulka

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Antonín Rambousek

Production Manager

Otakar Sedláček

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Mastník, Josef Holomý

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Stelibský

Production info

Original Title

Paklíč

English Title

Skeleton Key

Copyright

1944

Production Year

1944

Premiere

22.12.1944

Production

Nationalfilm

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Nationalfilm

Technical info

Versions

Czech