Having spent many years working as an assistant director, at the advanced age of 48 Stanislav Černý was ready to make his directorial debut with the dramatic feature film Klíč (The Key, 1971). It didn’t happen and he was instead entrusted with the film Černý vlk (The Black Wolf, 1972), a story about an arduous mission carried out by socialist border guards and their faithful four-legged sidekicks. Počkám, až zabiješ (I’ll Wait Until You Kill, 1973), also based on an adventure story by Karel Fabián, was to be Černý’s second and last film as director. The story is set during World War II at the Nordfelsen training facility, where dogs designated for guard duty are being trained using concentration camp inmates. International Brigade member Mareš (Adolf Filip) refuses this atrocious assignment, and while on the run, he is driven by fate to accompany a Norwegian boy. But the destiny of the escapees fortunately also depends on the faithful she-dog Rita.
The Second World War. Dogs are being trained for guard duty in the Nordfelsen training centre. Concentration camp prisoners are used as targets for attack, and are forced to provoke the dogs and get them to feel hatred for the striped prison uniform. One of the prisoners is Mareš, a former member of the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. He has been allocated the Alsatian bitch Rita, and is secretly training her in a different way. He just pretends to beat her and at night, he goes and feeds her leftover scraps of food. Mareš is planning an escape with his fellow prisoner Benda. The camp commander Dörner organizes a demonstration of the effects of the training for the SS major who has come for the dogs. He promises freedom to three new prisoners - a woman, an older man and a small Norwegian boy - if they manage to escape from the pack of dogs. The woman and man perish, but Rita lets the boy escape. Because Benda has backed out, Mareš escapes by himself. In the wood, he meets the little Norwegian and they carry on together but unfortunately, Rita faithfully follows Mareš at a short distance and alerts the pursuers to their trail. Benda under torture reveals to Dörner where Mareš is heading - his own old wood cabin. Dörner catches up with Mareš, but the prisoner overcomes him in the ensuing struggle, ties him up and even takes his uniform to continue his escape. The young Norwegian manages to join up with a travelling circus as a musical clown. Dörner is waiting for Mareš at his destination, the cabin, but Rita tears out the Nazi's throat, dying herself in the act. The prisoner continues his flight in a freight train.
vězeň Jan Mareš
velitel tábora hauptsturmführer Dörner
norský chlapec Jule Norge
Benda, Marešův spoluvězeň
Miroslav Balajka, Eliška Vojtová
Eduard Kirchberger (Psí komando – povídka)
Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Jiří Rulík
Ivo Pitrák, Hana Beattie
kpt. Jaroslav Kuchař
Počkám, až zabiješ
I’ll Wait Until You Kill
Útěk před psem
11 May 1973