The Z-8 Case

drama, spy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Případ Z-8

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

26.02.1949

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Cikán

Screenplay

Jiří Marek, Miroslav Cikán, Bohumil Štěpánek

Screenstory

Josef Picek

Synopsis

In fear of industrial espionage, the management of the ironworks declares its research department Z-8 as top secret. The boastful and always dissatisfied worker Smazal wants to work in this department. One day he discovers notes in the factory library written by the Belgian scientist Stern who worked in the ironworks during the War. Smazal makes use of Stern's notes and when, through the mediation of his girlfriend Magda, he eventually manages to get into Z-8, he passes off the notes as his own improvement plan. The proposal is rejected for being out of date. The embittered Smazal is easily wheedled into teaming up with two women who are believed to be Stern's wife and daughter. Driven by a vision of a wonderful life in the West, he first offers Irena Stern her father's documents. These are no longer of any value, however. Irena asks for information about Z-8 and even persuades Smazal to steal papers for her. Only then does Smazal realize that he is committing a crime. When department Z-8 is actually broken into during the night by two saboteurs, he battles with the intruders in the interests of the ironworks. He is shot during the struggle but the agents are captured. The factory is able to continue its production and Smazal goes back to his loyal Magda.

Cast

Josef Bek

dělník Lojza Smazal

Milica Kolofíková

sekretářka Magda

Jiřina Petrovická

špionka Irena

Karel Pavlík

zřízenec Robert Kocl

Ladislav Boháč

Kožíšek

Bohumil Machník

mistr Veverka

Jiřina Šejbalová

špionka Weberová alias Šternová

Jiří Dohnal

ředitel

Miroslav Homola

špion Mádl

Vojta Plachý-Tůma

vedoucí Exporty Richter

Miloš Hájek

špion Josef Frýd

Emil Bolek

knihovník, Magdin otec

Josef Chvalina

dělník Novák

Vítězslav Vejražka

inženýr Roubík

František Kovářík

starý dělník

Viktor Očásek

dělník

J. O. Martin

hlídač

Bolek Prchal

slévač

Zvonimir Rogoz

cizí návštěvník

František Holar

opilý dělník

Antonín Šůra

mladý dělník

Jaroslav Zrotal

předseda ROH Viták

Libuše Bokrová

Smazalova bytná

Jiří Smutný

inženýr v závodní radě

Vladimír Krška

mladý dělník

Vítězslav Boček

úředník ministerstva spravedlnosti

Jindřich Fiala

dělník

Vlasta Vlasáková

úřednice v Exportě

Anna Kadeřábková

kuchařka v závodní kuchyni

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Kovář

Assistant Director

Karel Oliva

Screenstory

Josef Picek

Camera Operator

Bohumil Turek, Alois Jiráček

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha

Costume Designer

Věra Tatterová

Make-Up Artist

Gustav Hrdlička

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Miloslav Hůrka

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Patočka

Cooperation

Vladimír Syrovátka

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Kapr

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Případ Z-8

English Title

The Z-8 Case

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Premiere

26.02.1949

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Steklý – Hanuš, Ladislav Hanuš, Karel Steklý

Technical info

Versions

Czech