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Adele hasn't had her Dinner yet
Nick Carter in Prague / Adele hat noch nicht zu Abend gegessen / Ein Fall fur Detektiv Carter / Adele hasn't had her Supper yet / Dinner for Adele / Adela has not had Dinner yet

Czechoslovakia 1978
produced by
Jaromír Lukás for Filmové Studio Barrandov
directed by Oldrich Lipský
starring Michal Docolomanský, Rudolf Hrusínský, Milos Kopecký, Ladislav Pesek, Nada Konvalinková, Václav Lohniksý, Kveta Fialová, Olga Schoberová, Martin Ruzek, Karel Effa, Zdenek Díte, Vladimír, Hrabánek, Myrtil Frída, Jirí Brdecka, Vítezslav Cerny, Petr Brukner, Milan Mach, Vladimír Hrubý, Milivoj Uzelac, Ladislav Krecmer, Jan Kotva, Jiri Vancura
written by Jirí Brdecka, scenario collaborator Oldrich Lipský, based on a character created by John R. Coryell, Ormond G. Smith, originally published by Street & Smith, music by Lubos Fiser, animation by Jan Svankmajer

Nick Carter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Late 19th or early 20th century: Famous American detective Nick Carter (Michal Docolomanský) on a missing person case ... only to find out the missing person is not actually a person but a Countess's (Kveta Fialová) dog - a bit of a disappointment at first, until he finds out the dog has actually been eaten by a carnivourous plant. But when he wants to examine the plant, it is stolen ...

During his investigations, Carter stumbles upon famed botanist Bocek (Ladislav Pesek) and his lovely assistant/granddaughter Kvetuska (Nada Konvalinková), and through them he first learns about baron Kratzmar (Milos Kopecký), a man he recognizes to be his arch enemy The Gardener - whom he thought dead, actually. After much to and fro which also involves the Countess's maid (Olga Schoberová), who doubles as a nightclub dancer and triples as one of Kratzmar's agents, Carter finds out that Kratzmar is actually out to kill professor Bocek and plans to sell his daughter into prostitution - because the professor dared to give him bad grades in of all things botany in his schooldays.

Kratzmar also wants to capture Carter, but Carter has anticipated this, so he has his beer-guzzling sidekick commissar Ledvina (Rudolf Hrusínský) disguise as himself to be captured by Kratzmar's henchmen, while he uses every invention at his disposal (including a flying apparatus) to sneak into Kratzmar's mansion.

Bocek and his granddaughter visit Kratzmar for tea, and he impresses them with the things his plants can do - before rendering Kvetuska unconscious with knock out drops and then preparing to feed the professor to the plant - when Carter rushes to the rescue. After an extended chase, Kratzmar manages to get away by hot air balloon though - only to be ultimately shot down a few days later by Ledvina since he had no idea on how to land the thing.

And Carter, of course, gets the girl, Kvetuska - or he would get her if duty wouldn't call him off to Egypt ...

 

Czech fantastic cinema at maybe not its best but its most typical: It's full of whimsical inventions and out-of-the-ordinary special effects, has a charming retro-futuristic (or as we're now supposed to call it: steampunk) feel to it, there's plenty of irony and macabre humour, and it perfectly spoofs many a pulp mainstay.This all makes the movie heaps of fun, but too light-footed a direction and a lead cast that lacks a certain charisma keep it from being the masterpiece it would have deserved to be.

Still, totally recommended for everyone who wants to see something out of the ordinary!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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