Death in the Saddle

adventure

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt v sedle

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

27.03.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Jiří Cirkl, Jindřich Polák

Screenstory

Jiří Cirkl, Jindřich Polák

Synopsis

On the state stud-farm, Tomáš is preparing to become a jockey together with other boys. He loves to read cowboy stories and Western pulp magazines and his passion makes him a laughing-stock of his friends and pretty Věra, couch Mikota's daughter. Tomáš looks for refuge with ageing jockey Kosina and listens in admiration to his tales of old jockey glory. He doesn't suspect that Kosina had to leave the racecourse because of fraud and that he is still looking for ways to get easy money. The boys and Věra decide to heal Tomáš of his ravings about the Wild West. Dressed up as cowboys and with fake guns, they attack Tomáš in a gorge. Tomáš manages to escape. Running away, he discovers the lifeless body of accountant Šulc who was bringing in the wages. Two anonymous men used the fuss around the "attack" to steal the bag of money from the accountant and to kill him. The sad event opens Tomáš's eyes. He begins to be suspicious of Kosina and starts following him. From a hide-out he witnesses a quarrel between Kosina and his accomplice about the booty. The accomplice finally shoots Kosina dead. Riding on his horse, Tomáš follows the murderer, waiter Vaníček, takes the bag from him and helps with his arrest.

Cast

Rudolf Jelínek

jezdec Tomáš Bouček

Eduard Dubský

bývalý žokej Fritz Kosina

Radovan Lukavský

ředitel hřebčína MVDr. Křepelka

Jiří Sovák

trenér Alois Mikota

Jana Kasanová

Věra, Mikotova dcera

Miloš Vavruška

číšník Vaníček

Josef Beyvl

účetní Jan Šulc

Martin Růžek

nadporučík SNB Hejzlar

Miloš Nesvadba

holič Ríša

Ludvík Veselý

Pilc, bývalý bookmaker

Jan Kaiser

Pepík Král

Harald Štipka

Bohuš

Milan Kulič

Honza

Ema Skálová

Mikotová

Jan Skopeček

příslušník SNB Hála

Jindřich Narenta

příslušník SNB

Dubbing

Stanislav Fišer

hlas Franty

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Tomáš Kulík, Eva Mičulková

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Camera Operator

Vladimír Řezníček, Jaroslav Kupšík

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Černý

Sound Designer

Jiří Pavlík

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Černá

Consultant

František Michálek, František Zábrodský

Cooperation

Výzkumná stanice pro chov koní Slatiňany, Správa hřebčína na Muráni, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Evžen Illín

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Seno a stáj

Songwriter

Evžen Illín (Seno a stáj)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Borovec (Seno a stáj)

Singer

smíšený sbor (Seno a stáj)

Production info

Original Title

Smrt v sedle

English Title

Death in the Saddle

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

27.03.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech