The Singing Powder-Box

detective, children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zpívající pudřenka

Runtime

75

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

21.01.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Milan Vošmik

Synopsis

Engineer Sodoma and his colleague Věra are busy making the last tests of their invention - a miniature radio-telephone which is built into a powder-compact on one end and into a cigarette case on the other. A group of saboteurs want to steal the invention and to sell it abroad. Their intentions are marred by a group of children who play on detectives at the local country fair. While filming their play with a hand camera, they also capture the first hint of the planned theft. Věra's purse and Sodoma's cigarette case are stolen. Moreover, the thieves knock Sodoma out during the theft and lock him inside a freezing box. When Sodoma comes to his senses, he escapes and informs the police about the accident. The thieves haven't got hold of the powder compact yet, since Věra's brother Petr had taken it from her purse. The children want to return the powder-compact, but they contact the thieves by mistake and arrange a meeting with them. Luckily, there are warned before it is too late. In the consequent chase the police hunt down the offenders and convict them with the help of the film made by the children.

Note

The film was preceded by a children´s book by Svatopluk Hrnčíř which came out under the title The Case Was Closed on Friday.

Cast

Václav Venhoda

Robinson

Josef Kruml

pobočník

Marcela Jandová

Zuzka Navrátilová

Vladimír Hrubý

inženýr Jiří Sodoma

Jana Štěpánková

Věra, Petrova sestra

František Filipovský

šéf bandy dr.Švarc

Miloš Kopecký

Krásný Venca

Josef Kemr

Lojza

Martin Růžek

muž v šedém, příslušník StB

Lubomír Kostelka

závozník

Josef Hlinomaz

pracovník mrazíren

Lubomír Bryg

zákazník s rádiem

Jiří Sovák

řidič náklaďáku na stavbě

Jan Přeučil

příslušník VB u mikrofonu

Jaroslav Satoranský

příslušník VB

Vladimír Labský

muž v slamáku

Fanda Mrázek

majitel střelnice

Jaroslav Štercl

řidič nabouraného náklaďáku

František Vnouček

průvodce cizinců

Miloš Stejskal

příslušník VB v projekci

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Eva Kubesová, Věra Pištěková, Bohumil Svoboda

Screenstory

Svatopluk Hrnčíř

Shooting Script

Milan Vošmik

Second Unit Photography

Adolf Hejzlar

Camera Operator

Karel Hejsek

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Karel Kočí

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Zpívající pudřenka

English Title

The Singing Powder-Box

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

21.01.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Hanuš – Pavlíček, Ladislav Hanuš, Oldřich Pavlíček

Technical info

Versions

Czech