The King of Kings

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Král Králů

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962 – 1963

Premiere

12.07.1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Synopsis

A solitary man riding a donkey in the middle of a desert comes across an old man lying unconscious in the shadow of a luxury car. The rider loads the man on the donkey and takes him to an oasis, thus saving his life. On the doctor's request, he leaves his name and address. Two years later, the assembler Lojza Králů has already returned to Prague, to the flat he shares with his forever drowsy friend Eda. Lojza receives an offer of a very cheap car by post. The next day, Lojza is not surprised to hear that a man in a car has come to look for him in the factory. But instead of Mr Pšenička with the old Prague car, Lojza sees an exotic looking Ismail el-Sharif with a large limousine. As the envoy of the Tamanian island kingdom, the man has brought official credentials from the recently deceased king of Tamania, the old man whose life Lojza had saved, which declare Lojza to be the king's successor. Lojza refuses the offer, but then learns that he could help his factory by securing a contract for pumping equipment, and that he could also be of assistance to this faraway country, as the king's relative prince Abdullah is selling the country's vast oil fields to the United Oil Company. Lojza's fiancée Lenka already sees herself as the queen. Lojza gets the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to leave for Tamania, and even has a villa placed at his disposal. He is lured to come to a hotel where he is nearly killed by Poupard, a paid killer and Abdullah's secret agent. In the end Lojza doesn't go to the island. The people of Tamania have rebelled and declared their country a republic.

Note

The opening credits state the 1962 copyright. The shooting, however, took place between the 27th September 1962 and the 20th March 1963.

Cast

Jiří Sovák

montér Lojza Králů

Miloš Kopecký

Izmail el Šarif ben Šerfi

Vlastimil Brodský

Eda Brabec, Lojzův spolubydlící

Jiřina Bohdalová

kadeřnice Lenka, Lojzova snoubenka

Valtr Taub

nájemný vrah Poupard

Jiří Němeček

ředitel podniku

Ilja Prachař

vedoucí osobního oddělení ministerstva zahraničních věcí Novák

Zdeněk Řehoř

úředník ministerstva zahraničních věcí Pantůček

Josef Kemr

Pšenička, majitel staré pragovky

Eduard Kohout

náměstek ministra zahraničních věcí

Jan Skopeček

komorník

Ota Motyčka

vrátný v továrně

Lubomír Kostelka

učitel řečí

Josef Bartůněk

strážný

Jitka Frantová

lehká dívka

Gustav Heverle

předseda dílenského výboru Smíšek

Ilona Kubásková

babička s kozou

Ota Sklenčka

soudruh

Emil Rohan

soudruh

František Vandas

soudruh

Miloš Vavruška

knihovník

Jana Werichová

kadeřnice Stáňa

Eva Schoberová

sekretářka na ministerstvu zahraničních věcí

Miroslav Abrahám

strážmistr SNB

Vladimír Čech

referent osobního oddělení

František Miroslav Doubrava

vrátný v rozhlase

Vladimír Linka

taxikář

Zdeněk Jelínek

pohraničník

Mirko Musil

vedoucí provozu

Josef Příhoda

starší dělník

Ferdinand Šafránek

krejčí

Helena Štvánová

ošetřovatelka

Josef Šulc

knihkupec

Ela Šilarová

listonoška

Josef Steigl

kamelot

Václav Wasserman

muž v knihovně

E. Solničková

dáma

F. Franěk

listonoš

J. Tomášková

sekretářka

R. Holas

taneční mistr

Dubbing

Jiří Šrámek

hlas agenta skrytého na toaletách

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Second Unit Director

Václav Berdych

Assistant Director

Radim Cvrček, Mojmír Ticháček, Helena Pokorná

Screenstory

Jiří Weiss

Screenplay

Jiří Mucha

Shooting Script

Martin Frič

Script Editor

Jiří Brdečka

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Camera Operator

Vladimír Zajíc

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Josef Calta, Ludmila Sovová, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Ester Krumbachová

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Jaroslav Jaroš

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Cooperation

R. Černá, Jarmila Müllerová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Julius Kalaš

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Král Králů

English Title

The King of Kings

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962 – 1963

Premiere

12.07.1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech