In 1986, writer-director Vladimír Sís – who specialised in musicals – created the sketch-filled number Jonáš a Melicharová. The film is comprised of scenes and songs taken from the theatrical musical Jonáš dejme tomu v úterý (Jonáš, Let’s go for Tuesday), whose events Sís, along with singer-songwriter and actor Jiří Suchý, link together via a very simple story. Within the confines of the reconstructed Semafor theatre, ageing comic Jonáš (Suchý) harks back to a famous past. He is aided in such nostalgia by music-loving cleaning lady Melicharová (Jitka Molavcová – following the death of musician Jiří Šlitr in 1969, Molavcová became Suchý’s permanent on-stage partner). The film also features clips from the military comedy Bylo nás deset (There Were Ten of Us, 1963) and also two Semafor television productions. Also utilised is the theatre’s archive. In 1988, Vladimír Sís filmed a sequel to this story entitled Jonáš II aneb Jak je důležité míti Melicharovou (Jonas 39,5 C, 1988).
While on walk in Prague, the aging comedian, Jonáš, stops by the Semafor theatre, which is under reconstruction. He walks in to the auditorium and then backstage. In the props room he sees the cleaning lady, Melicharová, who adores him. Jonáš finds his old straw hat there and a red vest. When he puts both props on, he changes suddenly into a famous cabaret artist. On the stage he starts singing the "Song about Cabaret show". In the dressing room he recalls his first pitch, his first love, Veronika and other girls from the theatre. When he is singing the Blues about the Song, Melicharová joins him. Jonáš finds out that the cleaning lady has a surprising talent for music. He teaches her the basics of the skills and Melicharová is turned into a singer. She even plays saxophone in a wonderful way. While singing a duet about love, Jonáš offends the woman, but they soon reconcile. Even the singer, Jiří Šlitr, and the actor and writer, Jan Werich, appear in the memories of the past. Melicharová makes a song Requiem for a drowned fish, and she tries to make the comedian propose. After a short hesitation, Jonáš does it. After a drop-scene in the traditional Semafor theatre show they are walking through the Theatre carnival on the Střelecký Island in Prague.
In this film parts from the film There Were Ten of Us (1963, directed by Antonín Kachlík), from the TV films Magnetic Waves Are Curing (1965, directed by Vojtěch Jasný), A Well-Paid Walk (1966, directed by Ján Roháč, Miloš Forman), Recital (1965, directed by Ján Roháč) and also archive recordings from the Semafor Theatre and TV songs are used.
Jiří Suchý (Jonáš dejme tomu v úterý – divadelní hra)
Ivan Ernyei, Jiří Libánský, Dana Smržová
Jiří Synek, Dagmar Pitráková, Jarmila Tomišková
Jonáš a Melicharová
Jonáš a Melicharová
Jonáš and Melicharová
Jonáš dejme tomu ve středu / Semafor a jeho tingltangl
start of filming 20 June 1985
literary Screenplay approved 5 July 1985
technical Screenplay approved 5 July 1985
end of filming 11 February 1986
projection approval 7 March 1986
premiere 1 December 1986 /suitable for youths/
2 337 meters
Event: Komise pro posuzování a hodnocení technické kvality filmů
Praha / Czechoslovakia