The Red Lizard

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Červená ještěrka

Runtime

79

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1948

Production year

1948

Premiere

11.02.1949

Language version

Czech

Director

František Sádek

Screenplay

A. J. Urban, Alexandra Urbanová

Synopsis

Grammar school teacher Bláha hurts himself in pursuit of a red lizard, and is lying unconscious in the lonely house of Šantrůček family. The postman, who found Bláha's coat and hat in the water, announces to everyone in town that the professor has drowned. But, the venerable citizens are at that moment more interested in the theatre group with the beautiful guest actress Eva Gazdová. They demand a change of repertoire and manage to persuade the theatre manager to have the group play the musical comedy The Red Lizard instead of an established play. Eva, out of comradely spirit for the manager, agrees not only to appear in the main role, but, at his request, discredits the townspeople so much that they agree to the earlier planned performance of The Beggar's Opera. The grammar school prepares a commemorative ceremony for teacher Bláha, and the teacher, already healed, appears in it to everyone's surprise. In the evening, the entire town gathers in the theatre. The success of The Beggar's Opera is enormous, and the young teacher Vojtěch forgives Eva for her acting in the kitschy musical comedy The Red Lizard.

Note

The prehistoric animals´ animation is by director Karel Zeman. Two of the animated small figures are still preserved in the archives od the studio in Zlín.

Cast

Jindřich Plachta

profesor přírodopisu Bláha

Vlasta Fabianová

herečka Erna di Garmo vlastním jménem Eva Gazdová

Václav Voska

profesor Vojtěch

Oldřich Musil

ředitel divadelní společnosti Jiří Mach

František Kreuzmann

okresní hejtman Gustav Bendl

Meda Valentová

Bendlova žena

Jaroslav Seník

velkostatkář Rousek

Blažena Slavíčková

Cilinka, Rouskova žena

Vojta Plachý-Tůma

ředitel gymnázia Koníček

Blažena Částková

Koníčkova žena

František Vnouček

hodinář Norbert Bolek

Jindra Hermanová

Maruška, Bolková žena

Zdeněk Šavrda

lékárník Karas

Felix le Breux

notář Špaček

Milada Smolíková

hospodyně Stehlíková

František Filipovský

listonoš Černý

Miloš Vavruška

oktaván Černý, syn listonoše

Alena Kreuzmannová

oktavánka Jarmila Hamrová

Ota Motyčka

vesničan Šantrůček

Marie Ježková

Šantrůčkova žena

Karel Effa

číšník

Miloš Kopecký

vinárník

Oldřich Dědek

inspicient Filip

František Marek

převozník

Inka Horáková

šatnářka

Hermína Vojtová

garderobiérka Marečková

Josef Steigl

vrátný

Jaroslav Štercl

průvodčí vlaku

Rudolf Myzet

výpravčí vlaku

Bohumír Vích

zpívající herec

Eva Vavrušková

Bendlova dcera

Lída Borovcová

Bendlova dcera

Dagmar Drašarová

Rousková dcera

Alena Pospíšilová

Rousková dcera

Ilja Hylas

kulisák

Miroslav Grác

kulisák

Josef Kotapiš

herec představující Mackie Messera

Antonín Šůra

oktaván

Emil Zarek

tenor

Oleg Reif

oktaván Kokeš

Karel Kastner

inspicient

Albína Wuršerová

šatnářka

Josef Kemr

jeden z trojice mladých herců

Jar. Valenta

student v první lavici

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Lubomír Kaválek

Based on

Jiří Mařánek (Ještěrka v červeném bludišti – romaneto)

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Assistent Production Designer

Miroslav Hrachovec

Make-Up Artist

Karel Holek, Karel Vít

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Cooperation

Rudolf Myzet (režijní spolupráce)

Music

Music Composed by

Jan Evangelista Zelinka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Otakar Pařík (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Červená ještěrka

English Title

The Red Lizard

Copyright

1948

Production Year

1948

Premiere

11.02.1949

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Ladislav Kolda

Technical info

Versions

Czech