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Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
"Kdo chce zabít Jessii?" (original title)

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"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose, a researcher who discovers a way to engender beneficial dreams (to produce contented, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Medrická ...
Doc. Ruzenka Beránková
Jirí Sovák ...
Doc. Jindrich Beránek
Olga Schoberová ...
Jessie
Juraj Visny ...
Karel Effa ...
Pistolník
Vladimír Mensík ...
Kolbaba
Karel Houska ...
Kolega
Ilja Racek ...
Colleague
Walter Taub ...
Profesor (as Valtr Taub)
Bedrich Prokos ...
Dustolny pán
Cestmír Randa ...
Prokutor
Otto Simánek ...
Zástupce doc. beránkové
Svatopluk Skládal ...
Obhájce
Frantisek Holar ...
Reditel
Jan Libícek ...
Prison Guard
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"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose, a researcher who discovers a way to engender beneficial dreams (to produce contented, productive workers). There's a problem: after an injection of her elixir, dream elements become real. Rose learns this after dosing her husband Henry to stop his dreaming about Jessie, a curvaceous comic-book heroine who has anti-gravitational gloves he needs to study so he can solve a problem at the factory where he's chief engineer: Henry wakes up with Jessie asleep next to him pursued by a cowboy and a super hero. Jealousy consumes Rose. All this plus satire aimed at the Czechoslovak state. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Komedie kolem zakázané krásky. (A comedy about a prohibited beauty.)

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American remake of this film was discussed with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in the roles of Jirí Sovák and Dana Medrická. Juraj Visny, Karel Effa and Olga Schoberová who played Superman, the gunfighter and Jessie in the original version were asked to repeat their roles. The project broke down after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. See more »

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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Giddy pop-art 60s satire from Czechoslovakia.
16 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the first "pop" 60s movies to appropriate comic-strip imagery (including dialogue balloons), "Who Killed Jessie?"--a ruse, since nobody kills her--is a buoyant, sometimes bawdy exercise in fantasy farce. Two dully married, middle-aged scientists create havoc when her experimental device releases figures from his dreams into the real world. Thus a musclebound superman, bodacious damsel-in-distress and laconic cowboy are suddenly running around Prague, wreaking havoc with their indestructible nature and archetypical fantasy behaviors. It's a hilarious novelty-a sci-fi screwball comedy.


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