The Case of the Dead Man

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Případ mrtvého muže

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

30.05.1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Jindřich Kühnel, Václav Šašek, Dušan Klein, Karel Cop

Screenstory

Jindřich Kühnel

Summary

Director Dušan Klein made a sequence of popular crime dramas during the 1970s. However, Případ mrtvého muže (The Case of the Dead Man, 1974) stands apart from Jeden z nich je vrah (One of Them Is the Murderer, 1970), Zatykač na královnu (A Warrant Against the Queen, 1973) and Sázka na třináctku (A Bet on Thirteen, 1977) in that it was set during the 1950s and draws on the decade’s heightened Cold War themes. The film was also inspired by a real murder case which had not been solved. This spy-crime thriller centres on efforts by police to uncover the identity of a Western spy. Among the suspects is a deaf-mute man with amnesia, as doubts emerge that Karel Neumann is feigning his impairments... An actor of Slovak descent Július Vašek stars in this mostly unremarkable feature. The role of the investigator trying to uncover Neumann’s true identity was a familiar one for Jaroslav Moučka.

Synopsis

The year is 1955. An agent in a balloon trespasses the West frontier, immediately afterwards shoots dead the driver of a lorry awaiting him in the woods, and takes to flight. The body buried under the stones and the gondola balloons is soon found. The finger prints at the bottle belong to the waiter Voráč who fled last year to Austria. The investigators Major Sojka and Captain Erba are tipping of the persons, detained last time at the frontier, a deaf-and-dumb man. The man puts down at the slip of paper his name Karel Neumann and also the statement that he suffers loss of memory. The doctors after thorough examination do not eliminate deafness and amnesia. Neumann is released and takes up work in the sand-pit. There is successfully arrested Voráč but he has nothing to do with murder. Neumann becomes friends with nurse Vacková. An other trace leads to the town of Carlsbad. In the meantime a badly braked car almost runs over Neumann and the endured shock returns him speech and hearing. His photograph, printed due to the accent of his speech in Polish newspapers, brings to the police Mrs Sosnowská. Nevertheless, face to face to the old woman Neumann denies that he is her son missing since the war. He marries Vacková and assumes her surname. The barman at Carlsbad, cooperating with the police, invites the agent for a meeting. To the dining car in a train there comes Neumann and after grasping he is disclosed he jumps out of the train during journey and he shoots himself dead.

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Cast

Július Vašek

Karel Neumann vl. jm. Florek Sosnowski

Jaroslav Moučka

major Sojka

Václav Mareš

kapitán Erba

Libuše Švormová

zdravotní sestra Vacková

Karla Chadimová

artistka Sylva

Josef Somr

číšník Ladislav Voráč

Jiří Wohanka

montér Jiří, Voráčův bratr

Zdena Burdová

dělnice Zdena

Bohumil Šmída

Hanzi Carona, Sylvin asistent

Jaroslav Cmíral

barman Kaiser

Jaroslav Satoranský

kriminalista Tesař

Miroslav Moravec

kriminalista Konrád

Jan Schánilec

kriminalista Klimeš

Miloš Zavřel

kriminalista

Zita Kabátová

Sosnowská

Leon Niemczyk

polský kriminalista plukovník Tokarz

Karel Vochoč

dělník Máček

Vladimír Hrabánek

dělník Standa

Jan Kuželka

tlustý dělník

Tomáš Töpfer

dělník Fred

Viktor Maurer

dělník Kondr

Vladimír Leraus

profesor Sládek, lékař v ústavu pro hluchoněmé

Miloš Willig

MUDr. Bauer

Milan Riehs

MUDr. Jahn

Miroslav Vladyka

Jarek, syn Vackové

Pavel Jiras

řidič náklaďáku

Josef Hajdučík

celník

Petr Skarke

poručík letectva

Václav Hladík

kriminalista z Karlových Varů

Věra Vlčková

Voráčová, žena Ladislava

Jan Krafka

Žorž

Gustav Heverle

garážmistr

Zdeněk Hess

poručík Pohraniční stráže

Jarmila Šmídová

úřednice na poště

Antonín Soukup

domovník

Jiřina Bílá

matrikářka

Magdalena Rychlíková

zdravotní sestra

Vladimír Gacík

řidič sedanu

Václav Hrůza

fotograf

Josef Koza

vlakvedoucí

Naděžda Bachnerová

servírka

Josef Starosta

tanečník

Judita Martínková

tanečnice

Stanislava Martínková

tanečnice

Daniela Vondráčková

tanečnice

Stanislav Novotný

kapelník

Václav Král

hudebník

Wolfgang Hauer

hudebník

Pavel Štemberk

hudebník

Jan Vacek

hudebník

Ludvík Wolf

dubl za J. Somra

Jiří Plachý

dubl za J. Vaška

Dubbing

Jan Faltýnek

hlas dělníka Freda

Gustav Bubník

hlas Jarka

Luba Skořepová

hlas matrikářky

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Milan Muchna

Assistant Director

Jiří Prokeš, Marie Brodilová

Shooting Script

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Production Designer

Karel Vacek

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský, Pavel Šťastný

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Ladislav Beneš

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Černohlávek

Consultant

František Blanař

Cooperation

Marcela Žížalová, Tiskový odbor Ministerstva vnitra, Růžena Hejsková, Vladimír Souček, Jan Sedláček (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Lavička v jasmínu, Dva modré balónky

Songwriter

Miloslav Ducháč (Lavička v jasmínu), Bedřich Nikodem (Dva modré balónky)

Writer of Lyrics

Miroslav Zikán (Lavička v jasmínu), Jaromír Hořec (Dva modré balónky)

Singer

Yvetta Simonová (Lavička v jasmínu), Josef Zíma (Dva modré balónky)

Production info

Original Title

Případ mrtvého muže

English Title

The Case of the Dead Man

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

30.05.1975

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech