Cathy and the Ghosts

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Kačenka a strašidla

Runtime

84

Country

Czech Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Copyright

1992

Production year

1991 – 1992

Premiere

18.03.1993

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Jindřich Polák, Václav Šašek

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Synopsis

The little school girl, Kačenka Mahlerová, finds herself in hospital with an acute appendix. In order not to be sad after the operation, another patient, the old man Franz Swoboda, who is in hospital because of his heart, tells her fairy tales. After some time the Mahler's family gets a letter from a notary. Mr. Swoboda left Kačenka real estate in Vienna. But in the Austrian capital, the Mahlers find out that it was a kind of Greek gift. It is a closed and moss-grown House of Horror, a former attraction of the amusement park in Prater. The owner of a shooting gallery, Mrs. Seidlová, tells them that two profiteers have an itch for the ground under the house. They want to build a gambling house there instead. Kačenka is the only one who believes in ghosts, so she manages to liven up three dummies for an hour by pendulum. The hypnotist, Caligari, the beautiful Elvíra and the witch Berta become friends with Kačenka. Two villains try to destroy the attraction, but the livened up ghosts punish them. On top of that, Caligari forces them to pay for the transport of the dismantled house to Bohemia. Boxes with parts of the house and the dummies are put by carrier in the garden of the house belonging to Kačenka's grandparents and her uncle Pavel, a village postmaster. Caligari builds the house at night. Neighbours are shocked, although the house does not have its usual spooky equipment. The father wants to rebuild the house for living. Berta changes into a dog and they set off with Elvíra and Caligari to Prague.

Note

Based on the co-production TV series, two films for cinema were made: Cathy and the Ghosts and Cathy and Those Ghosts Again. The individual parts of the series have German titles: 1. Das Schloss in Wien, 2. Die Zauberuhr, 3. Spass ohne Grenzen, 4. Das seltsame Haus, 5. Spurensuche, 6. Unsichtbare Untermieter, 7. Das grosse Theater, 8. Bitte recht schrecklich!

Cast

Helena Vitovská

Kačenka Mahlerová

Jiří Schmitzer

Petr Mahler, tatínek Kačenky

Jana Krausová

maminka Kačenky

Svatopluk Beneš

hypnotizér dr.Caligari

Jiřina Bohdalová

čarodějnice Berta

Eva Vejmělková

krásná Elvíra

Lubomír Kostelka

děda Franz Swoboda

Josef Somr

notář Weber

Gabriela Wilhelmová

majitelka střelnice Seidlová

Jan Jiráň

strýc Pavel

Vítězslav Jandák

padouch Ludvík

Pavel Nový

padouch Rössel

Carmen Mayerová

vrchní sestra

Hana Čížková

zdravotní sestra Anna

Petr Pospíchal

řidič nákladního auta

Miroslava Hozová

zdravotní sestra Marie

Elena Strupková

zdravotní sestra

Jiřina Třebická

Rudiho žena

Jarmila Orlová

pacientka

Zdeněk Srstka

majitel nabouraného auta

Commentary

Dubbing

Klára Šumanová

hlas Kačenky

Veronika Žilková

hlas zdravotní sestry

Vlastimil Zavřel

hlas závozníka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Stanislav Rovný

Assistant Director

Pavla Marková

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Shooting Script

Jindřich Polák

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Bedřich Čermák, Rudolf Beneš, Marta Jenčová, Jaroslav Lehman, Karel Kočí

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Sound Designer

Karel Jaroš

Production Manager

Pavel Nový, Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Zdeňka Králíková

Cooperation

Bohumil Nový, Ruth Kubalíková, Adriana Jánská, Erika Vojáčková

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Selected Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Kouzelná flétna)

Music Performed by

Elektrovox Praha

Songs

Strašidla, strašidla

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Strašidla, strašidla)

Singer

sbor (Strašidla, strašidla)

Production info

Original Title

Kačenka a strašidla

English Title

Cathy and the Ghosts

Parallel Title

Katja und die Gespenster

Copyright

1992

Production Year

1991 – 1992

Premiere

18.03.1993

Distribution

Space films

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 25. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a 1. přehlídka televizní tvorby pro děti Ostrov

1993
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czech Republic
Helena Vitovská

Vítěz

Exhibition: 25. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a 1. přehlídka televizní tvorby pro děti Ostrov

1993
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czech Republic

Vítěz

Exhibition: 25. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a 1. přehlídka televizní tvorby pro děti Ostrov

1993
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czech Republic
Jiřina Bohdalová