The Case of Dead Schoolmates

drama, spy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Případ mrtvých spolužáků

Runtime

85

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production year

1976

Premiere

18.02.1977

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Karel Cop

Screenstory

Jindřich Kühnel

Summary

When directing his popular crime dramas, Dušan Klein was fond of drawing inspiration from real cases, as he did for Případ mrtvých spolužáků (The Case of Dead Schoolmates, 1976). Like Případ mrtvého muže (The Case of the Dead Man, 1974), whose storyline was also created by Jindřich Kühnel, the film centres on a western agent. The businessman Schmidt (Milan Riehs) has previous form as a renegade. During the war, as a high school student in Kostelec, he denounced a schoolmate to the Nazis, leading to the youth’s arrest and execution. Now Schmidt tries to hide his guilt and to recruit new agents from the ranks of morally corrupted citizens. Thus he becomes the catalyst for several more violent deaths… Jaroslav Moučka once again plays the part of Major Sojka but Klein fails to create a character of the calibre of the crime investigator Major Zeman.

Synopsis

A West German businessman Friedrich Schmidt is arriving to Czechoslovakia with private mission and mission for Intelligence service. He wants to settle the old event from the time of the Second World War when he as a student of the Czech grammar school in the town of Kostelec took part at the denunciation of his schoolmate Pavel Richter. Pavel was during the period of Nazi terror following the assassination of Acting Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia Heydrich executed. Schmidt has also to enter into relations with persons suitable for cooperation with the West Intelligence service. Schmidt - earlier, before the German occupation Šmíd - meets the schoolmates and endeavours to avert suspicion that arose already at the time of the tragic event. What is more, he speaks on the TV where Richter is discussed. Shortly before Schmidt's arrival forcibly died former schoolmate Jan Čermák who stood convicted as the writer of the denunciation and was just after sixteen years set free from prison. Investigation of his death leads the police to the person of Schmidt and the police starts shadowing him. At Kostelec there takes place a ceremonial unveiling of Richter memorial plaque in which Schmidt and other former students actively take part. Also Zdena Polanová is arriving who intends to evidence Schmidt's innocence. But the police get to know of her words that it was he that brought the denunciation to the Gestapo. Thus Polanová is in danger of life. But before police protection reaches place the woman is murdered. The schoolmates are awaiting the police. They suspect that the murderer is among them. And before the police arrive Jiří Landkamer takes poison. He was forced to the murders of Čermák and then also of his life-long platonic love Polanová by blackmail of Schmidt. Though Schmidt has death of four schoolmates on his mind he has never killed by his own hands. Thus he is allowed to leave with impunity Czechoslovakia.

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Cast

Milan Riehs

Friedrich Schmidt vl. jm. Bedřich Šmíd

Jaroslav Moučka

major VB Sojka

Václav Mareš

kapitán VB Erba

Svatopluk Matyáš

redaktor TV Eduard Sucháň

Eduard Cupák

chemik dr. Jiří Landkamer

Karolina Slunéčková

spolužačka Zdena Polanová

Marcela Martínková

spolužačka Ludmila Koryntová rozená Vlčková

Eva Trejtnarová

sekretářka Gerstlová, příslušnice VB

Jiří Hálek

dentista Gardavský

Antonín Brtoun

inženýr Jindřich Průcha

Adolf Filip

nadstrážmistr VB Malvazínek

Jaroslav Satoranský

poručík VB Tesař

Jan Schánilec

podporučík VB Klimeš

Miroslav Moravec

poručík VB Konrád

Vilém Besser

propuštěný vězeň Jan Čermák

Karel Augusta

spolužák Pergl

Otto Lackovič

vězeň Václav Berda

Alena Procházková

Růžena, manželka Gardavského

Josef Kalena

Sepp Brandeis, Schmidtův nadřízený

Vladimír Zoubek

novinář

Josef Haukvic

správce zámku

Miloslav Homola

recepční v Esplanade

Jiří Lábus

zaměstnanec MNV

Drahoslava Landsmanová

Průchova manželka

Jan Pohan

celník

Jaromír Spal

plukovník VB

Ladislav Šimek

vedoucí redaktor v televizi

Miloslav Šindler

televizní režisér

Ladislav Vičar

ředitel gymnázia

Jitka Zelenohorská

Sojkova sekretářka

Antonín Hardt

recepční v Kostelci

Vlastimil Bedrna

náměstek dr. Kalivoda, Průchův nadřízený

Alena Augustová

veselá spolužačka

Marcela Baťková

spolužačka

Lena Birková

spolužačka

Eva Hlavová

spolužačka

Jiří Nebeský

spolužák

Karel Charvát

osvětlovač

Milan Klacek

číšník

Petr Křiváček

kriminalista

Magda Maděrová

Richtrova matka

Jiří Ondráček

televizní kameraman

Vít Pešina

číšník v Kostelci

Eliška Skálová

televizní asistentka

Josef Střecha

profesor gymnázia

Tomáš Jirsa

Sojkův řidič

Slávka Hamouzová

host Esplanadu

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Jiří Býček, Hana Kozlová

Screenplay

Karel Cop

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Emil Hora

Production Designer

Karel Vacek

Set Designer

Martin Růžička, Karel Smrž, Jiří Žůček

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Beneš, Jana Koubová

Unit Production Manager

Roman Bartoníček

Consultant

Jindřich Kühnel

Cooperation

Hlavní správa tiskového odboru Ministerstva vnitra, Vladimír Souček, Irena Gregorová, Růžena Hejsková, Jana Šimonová, Jan Sedláček (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Po babičce klokočí, Život je jen náhoda, Ztracená bačkorka, Studentská halenka, Gaudeamus igitur

Songwriter

Jiří Šlitr (Po babičce klokočí), Jaroslav Ježek (Život je jen náhoda), Zdeněk Marat (Ztracená bačkorka)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Po babičce klokočí)

Singer

sbor (Po babičce klokočí), sbor (Studentská halenka), sbor (Gaudeamus igitur)

Production info

Original Title

Případ mrtvých spolužáků

English Title

The Case of Dead Schoolmates

Copyright

1976

Production Year

1976

Premiere

18.02.1977

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech