Game of a Handsome Dragoon

detective, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Partie krásného dragouna

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1970

Production year

1970

Premiere

06/1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Sequens

Screenplay

Jiří Marek, Jiří Sequens

Summary

The television detective series Hříšní lidí města pražského (The Sinful People of Prague, 1968) was so successful that its fans could not wait to see police counselor Vacátko and his murder squad on the silver screen. That film, Partie krásného dragouna (Game of a Handsome Dragoon), was based on several TV episodes: Pěnička a Paraplíčko (Burglar and Umbrella, 1970), Vražda v hotelu Excelsior (Murder at the Hotel Excelsior, 1971) and Smrt černého krále (The Death of the Black King, 1971). It also drew on a book by Jiří Marek, giving rise to a costume tragicomedy in which a lieutenant of the dragoons, Rudi Macháček, a slick ladies’ man, is suspected of murdering wealthy women. Another suspect is circus performer Zuzánek, the nephew of one murder victim... As with the TV series, experienced writer-director Jiří Sequens relied on the atmosphere of old Prague and solid performances from actors Jaroslav Marvan, Josef Bláha and Joseph Vinklář as First Republic-era criminal detectives. Josef Abrhám excels in the role of philandering Macháček. Jiří Holý, as Zuzánek, yet again plays a villain.

Synopsis

In a suburban villa, a woman of means named Zuzánková is murdered. Police Superintendent Zdychynec from the Prague Libeň neighbourhood reports the case to Police Councilman Vacátko, upon whose order an investigation is launched immediately. After the testimony of Zuzánková's neighbour, Zdychynec begins to suspect the wooer of his own daughter Kamilka, a handsome dragoon named Rudi, of the crime. In Rudi's absence, Zdychynec searches his rented room in the apartment of the elegant Mrs Dragičová. All his findings – among others, sand left on Rudi's jackboots and a decent amount of money in his bedside table – convince the superintendent that he is following the right lead, especially when Rudi refuses to say where he was at the time of the murder. The superintendent moreover learns that his Kamilka is pregnant by Rudi. Upon revealing this to Vacátko, the police councilman appoints detective Brůžek to follow Rudi in secret. Brůžek finds out with little effort that Rudi has not got only Kamilka pregnant but several other trusting girls, as well. Rudi thus delivers customers to Mrs Dragičová who, for a considerable charge, then helps the girls terminate the unwanted pregnancies and shares the income with the culprit. The person who leads the police to the real murderer is Mrs Zdychyncová. She reveals to Police Councilman Vacátko that Mrs Zuzánková had a nephew named Pepa who ran away and joined the circus – and it was on the very day of the murder that Circus Colorado was passing by. Pepa confesses to his crime under the weight of evidence. Rudi is getting married, but his bride is an old and ugly woman. "The mills of God...", Police Councilman Vacátko comments dryly on his wedding.

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Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

policejní rada Karel Vacátko

Josef Vinklář

inspektor Josef Bouše

Josef Bláha

inspektor Josef Brůžek

Vladimír Menšík

komisař Áda Zdychynec

Stella Zázvorková

Zdychyncova žena

Josef Abrhám

dragounský poručík Rudi Macháček

Květa Fialová

andělíčkářka Otýlie Dragičová, Rudiho bytná

Helga Čočková

Kamila, dcera Zdychyncových

Bohuš Záhorský

svědek Kostka

Svatopluk Skládal

cirkusák Slepička

Jana Šulcová

Eva Jarolímková, Macháčkova milenka

Carmen Mayerová

Hilda Braunová, Macháčková milenka

Jiří Holý

cirkusák Josef Zuzánek

Eva Foustková

soukromnice Františka Zuzánková

Jaroslav Cmíral

strážník Macek

Jiří Smutný

strážník Hrůza

artisté cirkusu Probst

Josef Bek

zpěvák

Eteltová

nevěsta

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Based on

Jiří Marek (Ve hře je dragoun – povídka), Jiří Marek (Panoptikum hříšných lidí – sbírka povídek)

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek, Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Vojtěch Kuthan

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Jaroslav Česal, Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník

Costume Designer

Vladimír Synek

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adolf Nacházel

Production Manager

Josef Císař, Bohumil Šmída

Unit Production Manager

Karel Hyka, Josef Hudlička

Unit Production Manager

Milena Andrejsková

Cooperation

Hana Jozífková, Jindřich Panáček, Jana Suková, Miloš Červinka

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Dragounská láska /Dragounská polka/

Songwriter

Zdeněk Liška (Dragounská láska /Dragounská polka/)

Writer of Lyrics

Vladimír Sís (Dragounská láska /Dragounská polka/)

Singer

Josef Bek (Dragounská láska /Dragounská polka/)

Production info

Original Title

Partie krásného dragouna

English Title

Game of a Handsome Dragoon

Copyright

1970

Production Year

1970

Premiere

06/1971

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 22. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´71

1971
43 měst / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslav Marvan