Martin and the Red Glass

detective, children

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Martin a červené sklíčko

Runtime

75 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production year

1966

Premiere

31.03.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Milan Vošmik

Summary

Back in 1965 and 1966 screenwriter Ota Hofman and director Milan Vošmik made a quartet of children’s detective stories featuring police captain Martin of the Czechoslovak public security service (public security was the communist-era term for the police). Following the movies Volejte Martina (Ring Up Martin, 1964) and U telefonu Martin (Martin Speaking, 1965), the head of the fictitious public security children’s unit returned in Martin a červené sklíčko (Martin and the Red Glass, 1966). The story concerns the hunt for the some murderous robbers from years ago. During a 1923 renovation of a castle, 33 various tiny gems were lost. The case is revived when one of the missing items is recovered among the castle’s exhibits. Mixed up in all this are some outwardly worthless rings being given away as prizes at the fairground along with some red glass through which the world looks wonderful... Jaroslav Vízner, brother of his better known actor brother Oldřich Vízner, again takes the lead role. In 1968, he emigrated to Switzerland and the ensuing Martin a devět bláznů (Martin and Nine Fools, 1966) became the last film of what started out as a promising series.

Synopsis

At an old chateau, the custodian spices the routine commentary for visitors on a sightseeing tour with a story about murder and robbery which occurred at the chateau in 1923 during its restoration. The chateau manager was killed and thirty-three small diamonds were stolen from old weapons and a crucifix. When the visitors leave, the custodian, who doubles as a painter, dusts the exhibits. The glass of a weapons case breaks and falls out and the painter finds one of the diamonds. The fingerprints of a child are found on the glass and the investigation is thus entrusted to Captain Martin, the head of the police's child department. Martin and his colleague Kraus follow several leads simultaneously, paying only belittling attention to the local police constable. The police constable finds out that three workers from those who were involved in the chateau's restoration in 1923 are still alive, and seriously suspects one of them. After many reversals in the investigation, it is his hypothesis, which turns out to be the truth. The suspect, however, died several weeks ago and the diamonds stolen by him were inserted into priceless child's rings, which are part of the "fortune-telling" envelopes sold at the country-fairs. Martin discovers one of the rings on the finger of a little girl at a children's pioneer camp and it is soon clear to him who is trying to steel the jewels from the heirs of the dead man. After a short pursuit he captures the culprit – the photographer Tondl. Martin is left with a gift from the little girl as a memento of the case – a little red glass through which the world looks so beautiful.

Cast

Jaroslav Vízner

kapitán VB dr. Martin

Jan Tříska

malíř a zámecký průvodce Syllaba

Vladimír Hrubý

příslušník VB Kraus

Václav Lohniský

fotograf Tondl

Jan Kotva

strážmistr VB Karlík

Jan Skopeček

podporučík VB

Martin Růžek

plukovník VB

Eva Svobodová

vdova Honzlová

Allan Laufer

Ital Luigi Volpicelli

Monika Švábová

Monika, prodavačka ve starožitnictví

Karel Peyr

vedoucí starožitnictví

František Blahoňovský

indián

Marek Vašut

indián

Zuzana Burianová

pionýrská vedoucí Zuzanka

Ivo Klegr

Pepík, Tondlův vnuk

Minka Malá

holčička s prstýnkem

Lubor Nový

kluk z průjezdu

Vladimír Brebera

zákazník ve starožitnictví

Dubbing

Jiří Šrámek

hlas vedoucího starožitnictví

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

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/, Červená řeka /Red River Valley/, Árie měsíce, Santa Lucia

Songwriter

tradicionál (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), Kamil Hála (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/) (úprava), tradicionál (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/), Jiří Šlitr (Árie měsíce), lidová italská píseň (Santa Lucia)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivo Fischer (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), Ivo Fischer (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/), Jiří Suchý (Árie měsíce)

Singer

Waldemar Matuška (Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/), sbor (Červená řeka /Red River Valley/), Waldemar Matuška (Árie měsíce)

Production info

Original Title

Martin a červené sklíčko

English Title

Martin and the Red Glass

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

detective, children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1966

Production Year

1966

Premiere

31.03.1967

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

75 min

Versions

Czech