Strictly Secret Premieres

detective, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Přísně tajné premiéry

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

26.01.1968

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Summary

As a screenwriter-director Martin Frič showed himself to be a fervent adherent of the detective genre. In 1967 – a year before his death at the age of 66 – he made this crime comedy which is both based on Sebrané zločiny (Collected Crimes), a book by Vilém Hejl, and a variation on the theme of his own 1941 film Těžký život dobrodruha (The Hard Life of an Adventurer). Also in this film, the protagonists are a screenwriter of crime films and a robber who manages to turn his fictitious life into reality. The criminal, Jech, even forces the terrified writer Hudec to accept a “share” in the loot as a reward for “the inspiration” he gave him. Hudec tries in vain to step out of a vicious circle of his own making… Both lovers of absurd subplots and admirers of good acting get what they are looking for in this film, which belongs to the lighter works in Frič’s late directing career. Alongside Jiří Sovák (Hudec) and Čestmír Řanda (Jech) the cast is also dominated by Jiřina Bohdalová in the role of the hero’s energetic wife.

Synopsis

František Jech is an American-skilled thief who lacks imagination in organizing his criminal activities. Vladimír Hudec, author of detective novels and screenplays, is reproached by critics who claim that his plots are far-fetched. After reading Hudec's books, Jech is convinced that the writer is the right man to help him and his collaborators. He visits the writer who, in the course of a casual conversation about detective plots in literature, unintentionally instructs Jech how to steal a valuable church sculpture. Unable to stop him, Hudec then watches as his fantasy turns into reality. He wants to inform the police about everything but Jech has paid him well and, besides, his flatteries appeal to the writer's vanity. They follow Hudec's recipe for another crime and once again prove successful. The writer's wife is the one who is the most delighted by the money they obtain. Hudec tries to hint at his predicament to his friend Klikar, the detective in charge of the case, but the man just laughs at him. Hudec then writes a television screenplay where he describes how he met Jech and gives details of all the robberies, but the audiences take it for a comedy. Hudec gives up and starts leading the gang and dreams up a plan to steal prototype fashion designs. He doesn't stay in command for too long and is soon replaced by his wife. Inspired by Hudec's earlier story, she robs the National Bank with the aid of a tank during a faked filming of the story of the Prague May Revolution in 1945.

Cast

Jiří Sovák

spisovatel Vladimír Hudec

Jiřina Bohdalová

Lída, Hudcova žena

Čestmír Řanda

šéf lupičů František Jech

Vladimír Menšík

lupič Matýsek

Jiří Němeček

kapitán VB Klikar

Miloš Kopecký

módní návrhář Noiret

Otto Šimánek

lupič Mareček

Jaroslav Cmíral

lupič Heran

Mirko Musil

lupič Hampejz

Lubomír Kostelka

televizní režisér

Miloš Vavruška

praporčík VB

Valentina Thielová

Anne-Maria, Noiretova společnice

Ladislav Jakim

lupič-elév

Věra Tichánková

listonoška

Zdeněk Dítě

televizní herec v roli Jakeše

Jan Pohan

televizní herec v roli Richtra

Jiří Lír

redaktor Majer

Nina Popelíková

redaktorka Králíčková

Miloš Nesvadba

redaktor

Ela Šilarová

sousedka

Jiřina Bílá

pokojská

Jan Maška

recepční Reisig

Zdeněk Hodr

celník

Jarmila Orlová

dívka v úkrytu lupičů

Jaroslav Satoranský

příslušník VB

D. Emrová

konferenciérka

Dagmar Dvořáčková

televizní hlasatelka

Dubbing

Eva Klepáčová

hlas uvádějící přehlídku

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Robert Vacík, Libuše Vaněčková

Based on

Vilém Hejl (Sebrané zločiny Vladimíra Hudce – kniha)

Shooting Script

Martin Frič

Second Unit Photography

Jan Kváča

Camera Operator

Bohumil Paris

Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka

Set Designer

Daniela Eckertová, Karel Lukáš, Karel Smrž

Costume Designer

Jan Skalický

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Emanuel Formánek

Production Manager

Ladislav Terš

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný, Karel Prchal

Unit Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská

Cooperation

Marie Zahradníková, Anna Mejtská, Karel Vacek

Music

Music Composed by

Jaromír Vomáčka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Přísně tajné premiéry

English Title

Strictly Secret Premieres

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

26.01.1968

Creative Group

Feix – Brož, Miloš Brož, Karel Feix

Technical info

Versions

Czech