Martin and Nine Fools

detective, children

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Martin a devět bláznů

Runtime

66 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

26.05.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Milan Vošmik

Summary

The fourth and final film of this children’s series featuring young criminologist Martin. Following on from Volejte Martina (Call Martin, 1964), U telefonu Martin (Martin Speaking, 1965) and Martin a červené sklíčko (Martin and the Red Glass, 1966) director Milan Vošmik and screenwriter Ota Hofman once again return for this tale. In Martin a devět bláznů (Martin and Nine Fools, 1966) the charismatic captain of the children’s division of the Czechoslovak police force (VB) finds himself in the town of Znojmo. Here, Martin and colleague Kraus help their desperate colleagues to solve a case of stolen toys found in some of the town’s underground tunnels. According to Martin, local rascals – schoolboys Exner and Mandlík – are unlikely to be the culprits, especially since crimes involving the thefts of alcohol and cigarettes have also been reported. Once again Jaroslav Vízner takes the role of the shrewd young detective. The role of Exner – a streetboy turned hooligan – is played by the beloved Jan Kraus, then only thirteen-years-old.

Synopsis

Captain Martin from the police's child department and his colleague Kraus are called to Znojmo to help solve a case regarding stolen toys found in the town's subterranean passages. The members of the local police department are convinced that the thieves are the well-known "customers" from the Znojmo elementary school, pupils Exner and Mandlík. Martin, however, has doubts about these culprits. These doubts grow even stronger after the local self-service shop is robbed and the local tobacco store reports that it is missing a lot of imported cigarettes. Martin questions the children, inspects both shops and searches through the underground. There is a suspicion growing in him – the culprits must be more refined criminals who have picked the subterranean passages as a cache for their thefts. For the moment, he knows about two entrances to the underground - one leading from the town tower and another from the street, while the latter was bricked up right upon the robbery. Martin is convinced that there must be yet another entrance – the one which the thieves rely on. He thus sets off to the underground again with his colleague Kraus, throwing little rubber balls to one of the passages to find out if it really ends up in the river. During the experiment, they run into a gang of local youngsters, including both the woman shop-assistants from the robbed stores, who, undisturbed, are enjoying the stolen alcohol and cigarettes. The youngsters attack Martin. Things would have gone badly for him if he were not helped by the children, led by Mandlík and Exner, who were searching for the robbers on their own to clear themselves of suspicion.

Cast

Jaroslav Vízner

kapitán VB dr. Martin

Vladimír Hrubý

kriminalista Kraus

Karel Effa

strážmistr VB Kvašňák

Jiří Lír

podporučík VB

Martin Růžek

plukovník VB

Jan Kraus

uličník Exner

Jaroslav Kučera (dítě)

uličník Mandlík

Daniel Zázvorka

uličník Kučera

Tereza Holovská

Zuzanka

Josef Paclt

zmrzlý kluk

Josef Vytasil

chlapeček Jája

Valentina Thielová

prodavačka Reňáková

František Šlégr

hlídač Grandner

Čestmír Řanda

kapitán VB, velitel znojemského od

Jiří Štíbr

chuligán

Josef Truneček

chuligán

Jindřich Poledňa

chuligán

Jana Nováková

chuligánka

Alena Pencová

pokladní

Josef Hlinomaz

František Mach, vedoucí samoobsluh

Marie Nademlejnská

trafikantka

Bohumila Šourková

sekretářka

Barbora Ziková

holčička

Bohuslav Kalva

podpraporčík VB

Emil Poledník

inventurník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Drahomíra Králová

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Screenplay

Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Milan Vošmik

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Jiří Rulík

Make-Up Artist

Oldřich Mach

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Emil Poledník

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Narodil se Kristus pán, Santa Anna Maria, Veselé Vánoce

Songwriter

anonym /15. století/ (Narodil se Kristus pán), Alejandro F. Roth (Santa Anna Maria), Jaromír Vomáčka (Veselé Vánoce)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Franus (Narodil se Kristus pán), Zdeněk Borovec (Santa Anna Maria), Zdeněk Borovec (Veselé Vánoce)

Singer

sbor (Narodil se Kristus pán), Yvetta Simonová (Santa Anna Maria), Milan Chladil (Santa Anna Maria), Setleři (Veselé Vánoce), Magda Hrnčířová (Veselé Vánoce)

Production info

Original Title

Martin a devět bláznů

English Title

Martin and Nine Fools

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

detective, children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Premiere

26.05.1967

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

66 min

Versions

Czech