Hubert, the Smart Boy

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1983—1984

Premiere

1 June 1985

Runtime

86 min

Director

Ivo Novák

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Fešák Hubert

Czech title

Fešák Hubert

English title

Hubert, the Smart Boy

Summary

The experienced screenwriter and director Ivo Novák added to the number of films in the 1980s that returned to the era of the First Czechoslovak Republic in a light-hearted fashion. Like Anděl s ďáblem v těle (Angel Devil, 1983) and its sequel Anděl svádí ďbla (Angel Seduces Devil, 1987), Fešák Hubert (Hubert, the Smart Boy) is crowd-pleasing entertainment that relies on the attractive evocation of the “good old days.” The titular protagonist of this film, which was released in the cinemas in 1985, is Hubert Hrabě, known as Fešák (Smart Boy), a Žižkov dandy who is always skirting the edge of the law. Like every likeable rogue, he has a worthy adversary – Police Inspector Mourek, who has long been trying in vain to put him behind bars. However, this defender of justice, who is constantly trying to outsmart his “own” criminal, ends up becoming the victim of his own zeal while hunting forgers that are as good as any in Europe, as Hubert, the smart boy, sets a trap for Mourek. He becomes a popular prototype of a criminal who, in his own peculiar way, punishes injustice on his own “turf.” Hubert’s world is the Prague district of Žižkov and the filmmakers do a wonderful job of recreating this milieu through costumes and locations. Set in the lean years of the Great Depression, the story happily avoids any forced modernisation with its sparkling retro atmosphere. In the style of the American film The Sting (1973) and freely inspired by the Threepenny Opera, Novák and his screenwriter Pavel Hanuš create an old-fashioned idyll in which a dude with Švejk-like qualities must always prevail over a chronically amoral “nobility.” The mainstay of this concept is the man in the title role – Karel Heřmánek, who was then 37 years old (and who appeared in the aforementioned Angel films by Václav Matějka). In the role of Hubert, the much-loved actor created one of his most popular characters. Petr Kostka is a successful foil in the role of Inspector Mourek, and a number of well-known actors and actresses played smaller roles as the distinctive denizens of Žižkov.

Synopsis

The fop Hubert Hrabě nicknamed Adonis, from the Prague downtown lower-class neighborhood of Žižkov, shares a flat with the short mortician Eman Wurm and the hotel Nepraš sleazy doorman, Karel Myšička. He does not work, earning his living in various ways. He has an established "alibi office"; he can gatecrash any wedding as an unknown relative and thus get food and booze for his friends. Inspector Mourek from the police headquarters is after him, but Adonis is very careful. The private detective Špirk asks Hubert to help him follow the philandering young wife of Kropas, the director of the Union Bank. Hubert finds out during the enterprise that Mrs Kropas has become a victim of the moneylender Lón. He punishes Lón in a peculiar way and moreover rips him off at the same time. The vengeful Mourek forces the mortician Eman to report on Adonis, but Eman confesses to Hubert. Mourek casts around two famed counterfeiters wanted all over Europe. Adonis seemingly lets himself be forced by Mourek to collaborate but in fact sets a trap for the unpleasant policeman. He tells him that the counterfeiters can be found in the Žižkov hotel Nepraš. Mourek arrives there with a police escort and indeed arrests two men. It turns out later that one of them is the banker Kropas and the other one is Franz, the valet of Baroness Bramberg, who successfully passes himself off as a schizophrenic. Mourek faces big disgrace. He is punished and transferred as far as to the East of the republic, to the Sub-Carpathian Mukachevo. He wants to catch Adonis before his departure, but fails. Friends transport Adonis in a coffin to a safe place.

Note

The part of the valet Franc was initially assigned to Jiří Sovák. When he withdrew due to illness, the part was taken over by Lubomír Lipský.

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Cast

Karel Heřmánek

žižkovský frajer Hubert Hrabě zvaný Fešák

Petr Kostka

policejní inspektor Mourek

Pavel Zedníček

funebrák Eman Wurm

Pavel Nový

hotelový portýr Karel Myšička zvaný Kadlouš

Zora Ulla Keslerová

Dubbing Eva Hudečková
Růža Nejedlová, Hubertova dívka

Jan Teplý

policista Holendr

Otto Lackovič

policista Skákal

Josef Somr

Franta Pašek, majitel zápasnické arény

Evelyna Steimarová

Pašková, Frantova manželka

Jiří Holý

ředitel banky Union rada Bohumil Kropas

Jana Šulcová

Kropasova manželka Irma

Lubomír Kostelka

soukromý detektiv Láďa Špirk

Lubomír Lipský

komorník Franc

Laďka Kozderková

masérka Madlenka Čuříková, Emanova milá

Josef Patočka

děda Pašek

Nelly Gaierová

baronka Bramberková

Viktor Maurer

lichvář Osvald Lón

Vlastimil Fišar

komisař, Mourkův nadřízený

Václav Sloup

zloděj Eda

Vladimír Hrabánek

řezník Hrych

Vlastimil Zavřel

ženich Karel Čerepatka

Renata Honzovičová

nevěsta Helenka Sojková

Miriam Kantorková

sousedka Merenda

Míla Myslíková

matka ženicha Čerepatky

Rudolf Vodrážka

otec ženicha

Jiří Lír

strýc na svatbě

Dáša Neblechová

teta na svatbě

Olga Michálková

matka nevěsty

Karel Bělohradský

otec nevěsty

Věra Kalendová

bytná Růži

Jitka Zelenohorská

zvědavá žena s kukátkem

Jiří Krytinář

Ferda-Sirky-Evropa

Karel Hábl

milenec paní Kropasové

Vladimír Hrubý

skořápkář

Zdeněk Srstka

zápasník Švarc

Jan Kotva

kamelot

Jan Cmíral

číšník

Pavla Severinová

šenkýřka

Zdeněk Skalický

flašinetář

Eugen Jegorov

hudebník

J. Hošek

hudebník

Zbyněk Malý

hudebník

Karel Rottenberg

hudebník

Karel Engel

zápasník

Arnošt Böhm

zápasník

Ladislav Lahoda

zápasník

Květoslav Štora

zápasník

Rudolf Strejček

rozhodčí

Ladislav Krečmer

chodec kupující noviny

František Bláha (2)

svědek

Ladislav Kocourek

tajný

Zbyněk Krákora

tajný

Petr Drozda

uniformovaný policajt

Jindřich Sejk

uniformovaný policajt

Jaromír Kučera

homosexuál

Jan Šváb

homosexuál

Václav Burkert

policajt

Pavel Cajzl

policajt

Vladimír Koutek

policajt

Jaroslav Špáňa

policajt

Slávka Hamouzová

svatební host

Josef Pechanec

dubl za Lubomíra Kostelku

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Novák

Second Unit Director

Věra Pištěková

Assistant Director

Robert Vacík

Screenstory

Pavel Hanuš

Shooting Script

Ivo Novák

Director of Photography

Richard Valenta

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Petr Hojda

Production Designer

Jozef Hrabušický

Assistent Production Designer

Václav Litoš

Set Designer

Lubor Červa, Jan Hodný, Jaroslav Česal, Bohumil Kadlec, Jan Klíma, Jiří Libánský

Costume Designer

Svatava Sophová

Assistant Film Editor

Eliška Willigová

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Václav Dobeš, Zdeňka Černá, Václav Petr

Unit Production Manager

Jana Hauserová

Cooperation

Zuzana Hojková (klapka), Alena Červená (fotografka)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

Petr Hapka, FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Songs

Frajerů je kolem nás jak kvítí

Songwriter Petr Hapka
Writer of Lyrics Michal Horáček
Singer Laďka Kozderková

Za tou naší garáží

Songwriter Jaroslav Jankovec
Writer of Lyrics Alois Aust
Singer Jarka Budil

Dájo, nevolej

Songwriter Vladimír Eddy Fořt
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Eddy Fořt
Singer mužský sbor

Niagára

Songwriter Eduard Ingriš
Writer of Lyrics Eduard Ingriš
Singer mužský sbor

Hej šup námořníci

Songwriter Vladimír Eddy Fořt
Writer of Lyrics Vladimír Eddy Fořt
Singer mužský sbor

Já jsem viděl hezkou holku

Songwriter Jára Beneš
Writer of Lyrics Karel TobisVáclav ŠpilarVáclav Mírovský
Singer Karel HeřmánekLaďka Kozderkovásbor

Santa Lucia

Songwriter lidová italská píseň
Singer Lubomír Lipský

Tichá putyka

Songwriter Jiří Eliáš
Writer of Lyrics T. R. Field
Singer Lubomír Lipský

Production info

Original Title

Fešák Hubert

Czech Title

Fešák Hubert

English Title

Hubert, the Smart Boy

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1983—1984

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 8 June 1983
start of filming 1 August 1983
technical Screenplay approved 27 September 1983
end of filming 12 June 1984
projection approval 22 June 1984

Premiere

premiere 1 June 1985 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

1. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Jiří Blažek (vedoucí 1. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 457 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 7. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1985
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Ivo Novák