The Cock Scares Death Away

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production year

1961

Premiere

18 May 1962

Runtime

93 min

Category

film

Genre

drama, spy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Kohout plaší smrt

Czech title

Kohout plaší smrt

English title

The Cock Scares Death Away

Working title

Operace Buster, Hrst prachu

Synopsis

In the summer 1950, agent Ertl is sent from the West to a small town in the Beskids Mountain where he is to establish contact with the saboteurs Hanák and Kopal. Together, they will develop a network of spies and saboteurs in the Czechoslovak Republic, and retrieve an arms depot that the German Wehrmacht has left in the mountains. But Ertl is caught and the police send their man Borek with a radio transmitter to join the saboteurs. The men are hiding at the kulak Nejdek's house, from which later they move to stay with Pastyřík in the mountains where they are joined by young Jožka. Kopal and Hanák distrust Borek and put him to a test: they ask him to shoot the communist Kořánová. Borek sends a message to his superiors asking for advice, but the warning fails to reach them in time. Guarded by the hostile Kopal and Jožka, Borek shoots past Kořánová and declares to his warder-companions that the woman is dead. On their way back, Borek must hand in his weapon to Kopal. There is a car waiting on the road to take them across the border but then, all of a sudden, Pastyřík's little daughter Cilka, who has secretly followed Hanák, calls out after Borek. There is a shoot-out and Borek is killed. The police arrest the entire group.

Cast

Otakar Brousek

agent Ertl

Karel Höger

diverzant Ervín Kopal

Josef Bek

diverzant Metud Hanák

Július Pántik

příslušník SNB Borek

Otomar Krejča

statkář Nejdek

Libuše Geprtová

Bětka, dcera Nejdkových

Jan Tříska

Jožka, Bětčin přítel

Jiřina Petrovická

členka představenstva Helena Kořánová

Bohuš Záhorský

Pastyřík, otec Cilky

Václav Sloup

Tonda, Lídin snoubenec

Jiří Dohnal

náčelník SNB Kolman

Milka Balek-Brodská

venkovanka s hráběmi

Gabriela Bártlová-Buddeusová

Věrka, prodavačka v bufetu

Jan Pohan

učitel

Radoslav Brzobohatý

příslušník SNB Zika

Taťána Fischerová

dcera Kořánové

Elena Hálková

hospodská

Hana Hamplová

Lišková

Alexandra Myšková

Františka, Pálkova žena

Zdeněk Jelínek

příslušník SNB

Martin Liška

příslušník SNB

Josef Lhoták

sedlák

Václav Podhorský

sedlák

Mirko Musil

vesničan

Josef Svátek

vesničan

Hynek Němec

dělník

Václav Švec

muž ve světlém klobouku

Jana Werichová

venkovanka

Jiřina Bílá

venkovanka

Josef Větrovec

muž v hospodě

Antonín Kandert

Tondův otec

J. Reis

příslušník SNB

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Čestmír Mlíkovský

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

Director of Photography

Jaroslav Tuzar

Second Unit Photography

Bohumil Hába

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Jiří Kalina, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

František Černý, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Václav Cajthaml, Růžena Hulínská

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Mařas

Consultant

Karel Kalivoda

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Dětský pěvecký sbor (Music Conducted by Bohumil Kulínský), Dvořákovo kvarteto

Songs

Škoda lásky

Songwriter Jaromír Vejvoda

Sluníčko svítí, nese nám kvítí

Singer Dětský pěvecký sbor

Production info

Original Title

Kohout plaší smrt

Czech Title

Kohout plaší smrt

English Title

The Cock Scares Death Away

Working Title

Operace Buster, Hrst prachu

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama, spy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1961

Production Year

1961

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 15 March 1961
technical Screenplay approved 7 June 1961
start of filming 26 June 1961
end of filming 23 November 1961
projection approval 28 December 1961

Premiere

preview 27 April 1962 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 4 May 1962 /suitable for youths/ (kina Arbes /1 týden/, Kotva /2 týdny/ a Mír /1 týden od 11. 5./, Praha)
premiere 18 May 1962 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

93 min

Original length in metres

2 660 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech