Martin and the Red Glass





Production year



31 March 1967


75 min




detective, children


featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Martin a červené sklíčko

Czech title

Martin a červené sklíčko

English title

Martin and the Red Glass


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.


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.

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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

Voice by Jiří Šrámek
vedoucí starožitnictví

František Blahoňovský


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

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Drahomíra Králová


Ota Hofman


Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Milan Vošmik

Director of Photography

Jan Novák

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


Alena Červená (fotografka), Miroslav Pešan (fotograf)


Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)


Jó, třešně zrály /Jailer, Give Me Water/

Song Composer tradicionálKamil Hála /úprava/
Writer of Lyrics Ivo Fischer
Singer Waldemar Matuška

Červená řeka /Red River Valley/

Song Composer tradicionál
Writer of Lyrics Ivo Fischer
Singer sbor

Árie měsíce

Song Composer Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Waldemar Matuška

Santa Lucia

Song Composer lidová italská píseň

Production info

Original Title

Martin a červené sklíčko

Czech Title

Martin a červené sklíčko

English Title

Martin and the Red Glass




featuretheatrical distribution


detective, children

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Production Year


Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 25 January 1966
technical Screenplay approved 21 March 1966
start of filming 3 July 1966
end of filming 9 September 1966
projection approval 20 December 1966


premiere 31 March 1967 /suitable for youths/ (kino klub /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 31 March 1967 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
renewed premiere 1 September 1983 /suitable for youths/




Ústřední půjčovna filmů (původní 1966 a obnovená 1983)

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Erich Švabík (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

75 min

Original length in metres

2 122 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

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without subtitles

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