O. K., Leave it to Me, Boss...!

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

„Já to tedy beru, šéfe...!“

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

06.01.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Petr Schulhoff

Screenplay

Petr Schulhoff

Screenstory

Petr Schulhoff

Summary

Screenwriter and director Petr Schulhoff’s Já to tedy beru, šéfe…! (O. K., Leave it to Me, Boss...!) was one of a number of satirical comedies criticising the shortcomings of socialist society. The film, which premiered in 1977, sets its sights on the crooked practices of labour recruitment officers. It thus diverges from several of Schulhoff’s other pictures, which in the main offered a critical view of interpersonal relations (Hodíme se k sobě, miláčku…? [Darling, Are We a Good Match...?] /1974/, Zítra to roztočíme, drahoušku…! [We’ll Kick Up a Fuss Tomorrow, Darling...] /1976/, Co je doma, to se počítá, pánové…[ What I Have I Hold, Gentlemen...!] [1980]). The protagonists of this breezy story, whose plot captures a number of period practices, are two employees of the state enterprise Pragokov. At the Labour Recruitment Research Department, which they themselves have set up, Láďa Pitras and Oto Vacák begin employing methods that test the boundaries of legality and morality. In this manner they obtain workers for hard-to-fill professions (welder, crane operator, stoker in constant service), in the process abusing the adulterous Niederle’s fear of his jealous wife and the dramatic spats of the married Nyklíčkovýs. But then they almost fall victim to their own machinations: a new colleague, the wily Miriam, sparks the jealousy of Pitras’s wife Renáta, while the settled Vacák attracts the attentions of an energetic Slovak female crane operator. However, the greatest danger to the self-proclaimed manipulators becomes their colleagues/rivals… The director cast the comic actors Petr Nárožný (Vacák) and Luděk Sobota (Pitras) as the leads in the picture, which reflects period ideological production. Sobotka again created the role of a timid, outwardly clumsy man, contrasting with his appealing characters in films such as Jáchyme, hoď ho do stroje! (Joachim, Put Him into the Machine!) (1974) and Jen ho nechte, ať se bojí (Let Him Face the Music!) (1977). Iva Janžurová drew on her predatory acting skills in the role of the jealous Renáta, while the infallible Marie Rosůlková portrayed Pitras’s grandmother.

Synopsis

Láďa Pitras and Oto Vacák founded in the company Pragokov a Research department of recruitment of labour. For recruitment of workers in professions sought after both recruiters worked out an effective, often almost illegal methods. They followed secretly for instance the welder Niederle and managed to record his lovesick courting to his colleague Anička. The fear of his jealous wife made him to join Pragokov. The recruiters got suitable stokers for a continuous operation when they employed the Nyklíčeks married couple, their fights could soon grow into violence - the wife joined the morning shift and her husband the night shift. Láďa's wife Renáta had to leave her work in advertisement. They feared that her snappish mother baby-sitting their son Ivánek destroys their family. Pitras got in her position an unattractive Myriam Hornová. Soon it came out that it was an attractive lady using an ugly disguise only as a protection before her jealous ex-husband. Renáta gets jealous of her without any reason. The vivid crane-operator Križuchová, successfully head-hunted from Poprad to Prague, decided to seduce a settled and baldheaded Vacák. But Pitras and Vacák manage to save the endangered happy marriages in the end. But they surrendered to blackmailings of recruiters from a competitive company who have carefully documented their methods. Pitras and Vacák will work now after a retraining as a bricklayer and a roofer.

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Cast

Iva Janžurová

propagační referentka Renáta Pitrasová

Luděk Sobota

náborář Láďa Pitras, Renátin muž

Petr Nárožný

náborář Oto Vacák

Míla Myslíková

kadeřnice Květa, Vacákova žena

Alena Vránová

Myriam Hornová, Renátina nástupkyně

Lubomír Lipský

Filip Vaněček, Renátin kolega a ctitel

Marie Rosůlková

babička Pitrasová

Jana Kasanová

jeřábnice Marie Križuchová

Josef Větrovec

Saša Paul, Renátin vedoucí

Karel Augusta

svářeč Alois Niederle

Dana Hlaváčová

Božena, Niederlova žena

Zdeněk Dítě

ředitel Pragokovu Richter

Jiří Lír

topič Josef Nyklíček

Božena Böhmová

Nyklíčkova žena

Václav Lohniský

náborář Vogel z Drupospolu

Vladimír Hrubý

Vogelův spolupracovník a komplic z Drupospolu

Valérie Čižmárová

zpěvačka ve Virginii

Arnošt Faltýnek

strážný Pragokovu

Otto Lackovič

vrchní Laco Kuchárik

Darja Hajská

sousedka Nyklíčkových

Věra Tichánková

mzdová účetní

Hana Brejchová

Anička Vitlichová, Aloisova milenka

Olga Blechová

svačinářka Jiřinka

Milan Neděla

Horn, Myriamin bývalý muž

Kamil Hlavatý

Ivánek, syn Pitrasových

Karel Vavřík

vrátný Pragokovu

Jiří Havel

mistr v Pragokovu

Miloslav Homola

náměstek

Olga Michálková

žena u baru

Svatava Smoláková

žena na ulici

Josef Střecha

muž v divadle

Jiřina Bílá

dáma v divadle

Slávka Hamouzová

dáma v divadle

Ela Šilarová

dáma v divadle

Anna Štrosová

dáma v divadle

Marta Richterová

kamarádka Križuchové

Ivo Hrdina

číšník v kavárně

František Bechyně

hudebník

Petr Kulhánek

hudebník

Mikuláš Petrík

hudebník

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Pištěková

Assistant Director

Jana Vohryzková, Eva Kolářová

Screenstory

Petr Schulhoff

Screenplay

Petr Schulhoff

Shooting Script

Petr Schulhoff

Script Editor

Zdeněk Dufek

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

František Kučera

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Karel Karas, Josef Pavlík, Bohuslav Varhaník

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Titles Designed by

Stanislav Holý

Production Manager

Ladislav Novotný

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Smola, Jiří Radil

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Störzer

Music

Music Composed by

Milan Dvořák

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Tak nekonečne krásna, Valčík na rozloučenou

Songwriter

Gejza Dusík (Tak nekonečne krásna), lidová irská píseň (Valčík na rozloučenou)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavol Braxatoris (Tak nekonečne krásna)

Singer

Valerie Čižmárová (Tak nekonečne krásna), Iva Janžurová (Valčík na rozloučenou)

Production info

Original Title

„Já to tedy beru, šéfe...!“

English Title

O. K., Leave it to Me, Boss...!

Working Title

Pět karafiátů pro Renátu

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

06.01.1978

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Versions

Czech