Mykoin PH 510

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mykoin PH 510

Runtime

96

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

20.03.1964

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Lehovec

Synopsis

In the course of the Second World War, an interesting decision is made in a small medical factory in the suburbs of Prague. The company has been under German administration since the occupation of Czechoslovakia, but its employees are all Czechs - both scientists and students of science whose studies were interrupted when the Germans closed the Universities. One of the former students, Honza Petřina, discovers a newspaper report about the British bacteriologist Fleming, the discoverer of a fungus, which miraculously kills disease-causing microbes. Honza decides to produce the substance and his enthusiasm is contagious. On the pretext an imaginary research project on food vermin he wins the approval by the company management. The Czech team then begins to work in the modest conditions of their small laboratory. The scientists test various samples in vain before discovering the right ones from the Penicillium genus. The long and difficult research is crowned by the production of the first sample of Czech penicillin, called Mykoin PH 510. The first application on a female patient is not successful. The scientists are moreover reported on by a Nazi secretary, and the Czechs, fearful of an investigation, destroy almost all supplies of the cure. The rest of the antibiotic saves a little girl suffering from meningitis towards the end of the war. Paradoxically, there is no cure for one of the most active researchers, doctor Benda, wounded during the May upheaval, and Benda dies. After the country is liberated, however, the production of penicillin is launched immediately.

Cast

Karel Meister

MUDr. Bohumír Benda

Vlastimil Hašek

asistent Honza Petřina

Karel Vochoč

RNDr. Pavel Kobloch

Kamil Bešťák

inženýr Hrouda

Vladimír Čech

ředitel Jan Čermák

Zdena Bittlová

laborantka Alena Hofmanová

Nora Houfová

německá prokuristka

Jana Andresíková

sekretářka Schillerová

Václav Neužil

MUDr. Sádek

Miloš Vavruška

docent Malát

Jaroslava Šebestová

Mařenka Závadová

Jan Jakl

zřízenec děda Koubek

Traute Senze

jeptiška

Oldřich Velen

sekundář

Erik Vacek

Němec

Ota Sklenčka

primář

Norbert Chotaš

příslušník SS

Boris Černý

řidič SS

Jiří Zach

docent Coufal

Karel Fiala

asistent chirurga

Karel Havránek

německý správce továrny

Lena Birková

Koblochová

Commentary

Dubbing

Jiří Němeček

hlas MUDr. Bendy

Alena Kreuzmannová

hlas laborantky Aleny

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Květa Ondráková

Assistant Director

René Mattes, Zdena Pavlátová

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Jiří Polák

Production Designer

Boris Moravec

Set Designer

Václav Kozel, František Straka, Václav Zavřel

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Ladislav Hanuš

Unit Production Manager

Fiala Karel (výroba), Jaromír Lukáš, Luděk Marold

Unit Production Manager

Jordan Balurov, Eliška Doubková

Consultant

akademik MUDr. Ivan Málek, prof. dr. Miloš Herold, MUDr. Alena Tošovská, dr. Antonín Břečka, dr. Jan Nečásek, dr. Milan Dohnal, doc. dr. Maxmilián Wenke, ing. František Volek, pplk. František Nevěřil, ing. Miroslav Romaňuk

Cooperation

Spofa Praha n. p., Biotika - závod Slovenská Lupča, Jana Těžká, Petr Kadlec, Zbyněk Hloch, Diana Heringová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), František Belfín (Taneční orchestr Československého rozhlasu)

Production info

Original Title

Mykoin PH 510

English Title

Mykoin PH 510

Working Title

Penicilin / Bílý kůň PH 510

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Premiere

20.03.1964

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šebor – Bor, Vladimír Bor, Jiří Šebor

Technical info

Versions

Czech