Murder in the Excelsior Hotel

detective

Typology

feature

Czech title

Vražda v hotelu Excelsior

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

08.10.1971

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Sequens

Screenplay

Jiří Marek, Jiří Sequens

Summary

Author and screenwriter Jiří Marek achieved fame with his TV crime series Hříšní lidé města pražského (The Sinful People of Prague, 1968) directed by Jiří Sequens. Police counsellor Vacátko (Jaroslav Marvan) and his colleagues Bouše (Josef Vinklář) and Brůžek (Josef Bláha) hit the silver screen in the “Sinners'” films Pěnička a Paraplíčko (Burglar and Umbrella), Partie krásného dragouna (Game of a Handsome Dragoon) and Smrt černého krále (Death of the Black King) made between 1970 and 1971. In Vražda v hotelu Excelsior, the interwar period homicide detective squad from Prague investigates the murder of a wealthy woman, Mrs Matoušová, which threatens the reputation of the eponymous luxury hotel popular with Prague’s elite. Even the retired police inspector Mrázek (František Filipovský), who works at the Excelsior as a hotel detective, is unable to help at first. Although the investigation inevitably uncovers the hotel staff’s scheming, Vacátko and his team unerringly follow the trail that leads them to the murderer…

Synopsis

The hall of the Excelsior Hotel is filled with a song to which the elegant and rich guests are dancing. Among them are also two married couples from Kladno - the Janík and the Matouš family. The next day, the hotel manager, Arno Hnízdo, appears in the office of the police the superintendent Vacátko. After many digressions and notices of the great reputations of his hotel, the manager finally reveals that Dana Matoušová was murdered there during the night. The superintendent Vacátko and the detectives Bouše and Brůžek are questioning the hotel guests as well as the staff. The retired detective Mrázek, currently working as the hotel detective, cannot help them as he is apparently out of shape and was asleep. The apartment used by the Matouš family was during that night frequented by many people. The instrument of crime, an empty Cognac bottle, was thrown out of the bathroom window, where the coquettish Matoušová was found by her drunken husband early in the morning. A Persian diplomat, Zade, is also suspected, as he was flirting with the woman and his fingerprints were found on the bathroom doorframe. The detectives soon find out why the hotel manager and the rest of the staff are so nervous. The hotel is a venue of gambling and false card games. Gambling was a source of income not only for the waiter Pepa, the pianist Krofta and the hotel manager, but also for Janík and Matouš. The crime reconstruction gradually excludes most of the suspects. Matouš tries to blame the diplomat. He killed his wife himself though, out of jealousy. He reveals his guilt because he is the onlyone to mention where the instrument of crime was disposed of.

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Cast

Jaroslav Marvan

policejní rada Karel Vacátko

Josef Bláha

inspektor Josef Brůžek

Josef Vinklář

inspektor Josef Bouše

František Filipovský

hotelový detektiv Mrázek

Zdeněk Řehoř

Jára Janík

Slávka Budínová

Irča, Janíkova žena

Josef Somr

Polda Matouš

Milena Dvorská

Dana, Matoušova žena

Miloš Kopecký

ředitel hotelu Arno Hnízdo

Otto Lackovič

číšník Pepi

Václav Lohniský

pianista Krofta

Josef Langmiler

zpěvák

Jan Šmíd

perský diplomat Mohamed Rasul Zade

Vladimír Stach

Němec Hans-Joachim Kirchmayer

Otakar Brousek

daktyloskop

Jiří Smutný

policista Hrůza

Oldřich Musil

hotelový lékař Zima

Miroslav Homola

zástupce ředitele

Milan Kindl

Honzík, nový číšník

Viktor Očásek

nový pianista

Přemysl Černý

hudebník

Otto Gassenbauer

hudebník

Zdeněk Jareš

hudebník

Tomáš Linka

hudebník

Vladimír Linka

hudebník

Miloš Mikula

hudebník

Dana Bučková

tanečnice

Alice Hašová

tanečnice

Celestina Horwitzová

tanečnice

Alena Janošková

tanečnice

Milena Kaplická

tanečnice

Olga Navrátilová

tanečnice

Charlota Novotná

tanečnice

H. Ruprichová

tanečnice

J. Smolíková

tanečnice

R. Vedralová

tanečnice

Jiří Klenot

vrchní

L. Walterová

tanečnice

Petr Jákl

číšník ve vlaku

Lubomír Štros

barman

František Jákl

kaskadér

Jaroslav Kubeš (2)

kaskadér

Jiří Mašín

kaskadér

Josef Szigeti

kaskadér

Václav Vilon

kaskadér

František Znojil

kaskadér

Josef Kochman

vrátný

David Novotný (2)

muž u baru

ing. Lánský

muž u baru

Pavel Osif

muž u baru

Ivan Šilhavý

muž u baru

ing. Němeček

člen mordparty

František Rulík

vrchní

František Fára

kaskadér

Dubbing

Jindřich Narenta

hlas Němce Kirchmayera

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Mikeťuk

Based on

Jiří Marek (Vražda v hotelu – povídka ze sbírky Panoptikum hříšných lidí)

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Second Unit Photography

Michal Kulič

Camera Operator

Luděk Kopal

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

Unit Production Manager

Josef Hudlička, Karel Hyka

Unit Production Manager

Milena Andrejsková

Cooperation

Miloš Červinka, Jindřich Panáček, Hana Jozífková, Jana Suková

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/

Songwriter

Zdeněk Liška (Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/)

Writer of Lyrics

Vladimír Sís (Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/)

Singer

Josef Langmiler [dab] (Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/), Eduard Hrubeš (Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/), sbor (Zavři očka, zavři /Excelsior-slow/)

Production info

Original Title

Vražda v hotelu Excelsior

English Title

Murder in the Excelsior Hotel

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

08.10.1971

Technical info

Format

35mm , DVD

Versions

Czech