The Somersault

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Kotrmelec

Runtime

79

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

09.03.1962

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Sklenář

Synopsis

A group of miners wish to compete for the title of the Socialist Work Brigade. Their foreman Kohut is against the idea since young Ondračka, who is always causing problems at work, is spoliling the group's good name. Ondračka defies his colleagues' criticism: it is the big Saint Bernard dog Bojínek, the only legacy his mother has left him, who is to blame for all his mishaps. The party finally persuade Kohut to change his mind. The first feat of their brigade-to-be is an excursion to the country's fortresses and castles. Ondračka fails to join them for the trip. He has met Helenka, a good-looking tram conductress, and has already made plans with her for another kind of excursion: bathing at the reservoir. He is totally unaware that the young woman is Kohut's sister-in-law. It is only at the reservoir that he learns the news, after the couple is surprised by Kohut, fuming and bringing along the entire coach tour. Kohut can't bear the thought that his sister-in-law is going out with Ondračka. He unjustly accuses Ondračka and causes a rift between the young couple, but the party object to Kohut's manner and oblige their foreman to apologize to Ondračka. The two miners settle their quarrel in very dramatic circumstances, as Ondračka tries to get rid of his dog. Helenka is reconciled with Ondračka when she realizes that he does not mind her little son from an earlier, divorced marriage. Ondračka may also keep Bojínek.

Cast

Rudolf Deyl ml.

předák havířů Bohuš Kohut

Ladislav Trojan

havíř Jožka Ondračka

Zdena Grúberová

Helenka Vlčková, Kohutova švagrová

Eman Fiala

děda

Josef Beyvl

havíř Škampa

Jaroslav Cmíral

havíř Konrád Včolka

Jiřina Froňková

Boženka, Kohutova žena

Robert Vrchota

havíř Bedra

Josef Haukvic

mašinkář Jůzek

Radoslav Brzobohatý

havíř Láďa Paučula

Miloslav Holub

strážný

Radim Cvrček

brigádník Cvrček

Věra Koktová

Mery, Bedrova žena

Silvera Rašková

Alenka

Ludmila Bednářová

Paučulova žena

Václav Wasserman

zvědavý soused

Stanislav Bareš

pomocník mašinkáře

Adolf Král

řidič autobusu

Arnošt Borovec

havíř-čtenář

Jiří Brábník

Fanoušek, Helenčin syn

Radka Dulíková

Kohutova dcera

Josef Haukvic ml.

Pepík, Kohutův syn

Jan Kotva

muž s tranzistorovým rádiem/havíř v tramvaji

Alena Karešová

servírka/komentář v rozhlase

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Forman

Assistant Director

Dušan Klein, Milena Voborská

Shooting Script

Václav Sklenář

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Václav Till

Production Designer

Chrudoš Uher

Set Designer

Václav Kozel, Jaroslav Lehman, František Zajíček

Costume Designer

Dimitrij Kadrnožka

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Merunka, Ludmila Venclíková

Unit Production Manager

Jan Bočánek

Cooperation

Milada Roučková, Diana Heringová, Libuše Jahodová

Music

Music Composed by

Josef Ceremuga

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Naše ocelové svaly, Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení, Skákal pes přes oves

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Stavěli tesaři zedníkům lešení), lidová píseň (Skákal pes přes oves)

Writer of Lyrics

lidová píseň (Skákal pes přes oves)

Singer

dětský sbor (Naše ocelové svaly), Miloslav Holub (Skákal pes přes oves)

Production info

Original Title

Kotrmelec

English Title

The Somersault

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Premiere

09.03.1962

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech