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The Treasure of a Byzantine Merchant (1967)

Poklad byzantského kupce (original title)
Kamila Housková (Gabriela Vránová), a student at the School of Applied Arts in Prague working part-time at an engravers' cooperative, arrives at the main police station with important ... See full summary »


Ivo Novák


Václav Erben (novel), Václav Erben (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jirí Vala ... Michal Exner - Captain SNB
Gabriela Vránová ... Kamila Housková - student
Jirí Sovák ... Dr. Soudek - archaeologist
Lubomír Lipský ... Hudec - redactor
Vladimír Smeral ... Prof. Alinger - Director of Archaeological Institute
Jan Libícek ... Vlcek - investigator
Václav Lohniský ... Beránek - investigator
Ilja Prachar ... Doc. Cerný - archaeologist
Josef Kemr ... Houska - Kamila's father
Zdenek Rehor ... Dr. Sedivka - anthropologist
Svatava Hubenáková Svatava Hubenáková ... Mrs. Hudec
Zdenek Kutil Zdenek Kutil ... Senior sergeant SNB
Václav Trégl ... Chlupácek
Petr Hanicinec ... Fábera - driver
Jaroslav Stercl ... Kudela - junior warrant officer SNB


Kamila Housková (Gabriela Vránová), a student at the School of Applied Arts in Prague working part-time at an engravers' cooperative, arrives at the main police station with important information. A customer has come to the engraving workshop where she works asking them to make a cast of an old coin. The problem is that the coin, as the girl was to find out, was originally part of the well-known treasure of a ninth-century Byzantine merchant, which was supposed to have been completely destroyed by fire during an air raid in the Second World War. The young criminologist Exner (Jirí Vala) doesn't take the enthusiastic blonde too seriously but, since he quite fancies her, he finally offers to help her. Written by NFA.cz

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Comedy | Crime







Release Date:

27 January 1967 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

A bizánci aranykincs See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Jan Kacer was considered for the part of Michal Exner, eventually played by Jirí Vala. See more »

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Captain Exner's Case
20 January 2007 | by theatrum-1See all my reviews

"The Treasure of Byzantine Merchant" is one the Czech detective classics from the sixties. This movie is based on the novel of Václav Erben, successful writer of mysteries, whose famous criminologist was captain Exner. Exner is a clever investigator, but also an elegant playboy with great charm and sense of humor. In this film Jirí Vala perform him perfectly. The theme of this movie is an inquiry of the theft of the treasure which is connected with murder. Ivo Novák, director of this movie, has a gift of combination of thrill and comedy, so there are many funny moments in this film which nicely gradate the serious plot. The performances are great (e. g. Jirí Sovák as Dr. Soudek or Jan Libícek as an investigator Vlcek). There is wonderful music in this movie: Zdenek Liska, the great Czech composer, works in these pieces with the jazz-influenced melodies and the final effect of it is catchy.

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