Where the Devil Cannot Get

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Kam čert nemůže

Runtime

81

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

10.03.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdeněk Podskalský

Screenplay

František Daniel, Miloš V. Kratochvíl

Screenstory

František Daniel, Miloš V. Kratochvíl

Synopsis

The study of Dr František Průcha, who bears the nickname Faust, is located in Faust's House, now converted into a hospital. Dr Průcha is worn out from overwork, thus he does not even notice the interest he is generating among the women around him. One of them unexpectedly appears at one of his lectures. In her red dress she looks like Mephistopheles dressed as a woman and Faust privately calls her Mephistopheles. After he returns home, under strange circumstances, he finds her in his room and he begins to think he is suffering from hallucinations. He confides in the psychiatrist Vágner about his fears when the latter comes to visit him. Vágner gives him some medicine and recommends that he take a break in the country. After the psychiatrist's departure the girl leaves her hiding-place and again appears before Faust. Faust is in high spirits after taking some of the medicine and eagerly leaves with her for the country. There the girl arranges a private night-time tour of the local castle for him. Faust tries to run away from her; he wants to go home but he has no money. He goes off to the local farming cooperative office to look for help but his distinctive behaviour generates fear among the staff. They lock him in the cellar and inform Dr Vágner. After the latter's arrival they find the cellar empty; someone has written on the wall: "The devil has taken Faust". Faust and Mephistopheles head for Prague. The mystery is explained. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of the castle custodian and a guide working for Čedok travel agency. She had wanted to prove to Faust, in an original way, that life is not just science. Out of gratitude Faust makes a marriage pact with her at the town hall.

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Cast

Miroslav Horníček

MUDr. František Průcha zvaný Faust

Jana Hlaváčová

průvodkyně Čedoku Mefistofela

Jiří Sovák

předseda JZD Pepa Hátl

Vlastimil Brodský

kastelán František Borovička, otec Mefistofely

Rudolf Hrušínský

psychiatr MUDr. Vágner

Jarmila Smejkalová

MUDr. Špačková, Faustova kolegyně

František Miška

MUDr. Strnad, Faustův kolega

Bohumil Bezouška

muž s renaultem

Nina Popelíková

zdravotní sestra Běla

Věra Budilová

zdravotní sestra Marta

Darja Hajská

družstevnice ve slepičárně

Josef Bulík

přednosta stanice

Ivan Helcl

přihlížející družstevník

Otto Hradecký

řidič autobusu Venca

Václav Švec

družstevník Vojta

Vítězslav Černý

smějící se muž

Josef Příhoda

muž se svíčkou na přednášce

Dubbing

Josef Beyvl

hlas řidiče autobusu

Crew and creators

Shooting Script

Zdeněk Podskalský

Camera Operator

Miroslav Sinkule

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava), Ladislav Rada, Stanislav Pavlík

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Make-Up Artist

Karel Marek

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Milan R. Novotný, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Special Effects

Vladimír Dvořák, Jiří Rumler, Miloš Šauer

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Růžena Hulínská, Václav Cajthaml

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Kam čert nemůže

English Title

Where the Devil Cannot Get

Working Title

Mefistofela / Černá kočka přes cestu

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

10.03.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Brož – Ptáček, Miloš Brož, Jaromír Ptáček

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 2. festival českých a slovenských filmů Plzeň

1960
Plzeň / Czechoslovakia