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Penicka & Paraplícko

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Pěnička a Paraplíčko
Penicka a Paraplicko-poster1.jpg
Cinema poster
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Jirí Sequens
Release Date 1970
Language Czech
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mr. Vacátko Jaroslav Marvan
Mr. Bouše Josef Vinklár
Mr. Bružek Josef Bláha
Pěnička Radoslav Brzobohatý
Paraplíčko Jirina Bohdalová
Safecracker Mlíko Bohumil Smída
Petr Holeček Martin Ruzek
The commissioner Bohuslav Cáp
Police president Jaroslav Rauser

Pěnička a Paraplíčko (English: Penicka & Paraplícko) is a Czech crime comedy film directed by Jirí Sequens from 1970. It is the first of the four feature length films, which are sequel to the TV series The Sinful People of Prague. The story is set in the 1930s in Prague. Police detective Vacátko (Jaroslav Marvan) investigates the murder of criminal Toufar who is suspected in a bank robbery. Everything testify against another criminal, safecracker Pěnička (Radoslav Brzobohatý), who repented since his release from prison and even has an alibi for the murder. Pěnička's former mistress, a prostitute called "Paraplíčko" ("Little Umbrella") (Jirina Bohdalová) was involved with Toufar. Pěnička finds a shelter in the attic of building determined to resist to police until the last bullet.

The following weapons were used in the film Penicka & Paraplícko:


Nagant M1895

When Pěnička (Radoslav Brzobohatý) barricades himself in the attic of the apartment building, he holds a Nagant M1895 revolver. This is a post-1930 version with angular front sight. The ejector rod extends at its full length which is sometimes seen on well-worn Nagants where the fastening of the rod was loosened.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
Pěnička fires his Nagant at police.
Another view of the same scene.

MAS Mle 1892

After first shots at police, Pěnička's revolver switches from a Nagant M1895 to a MAS Mle 1892 revolver. In the very beginning of the movie Toufar (uncredited) holds an Mle 1892 during his fight with Pěnička, so possibly the latter takes this gun from dead Toufar and could have two revolvers in the climactic scene.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
In the very beginning of the movie, Toufar holds a revolver.
Pěnička charges his revolver on the staircase.
Pěnička holds his revolver watching the police from the attic window.
Pěnička holds Detective Vacátko (Jaroslav Marvan) at gunpoint.
An Mle 1892 revolver in Pěnička's hand.
Pěnička holds the revolver.


CZ 27

Prague's criminal police inspectors Bružek (Josef Bláha) and Bouše (Josef Vinklár) are armed with CZ 27 pistols.

CZ 27 - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
Police inspector Bružek (Josef Bláha) (right) with the CZ 27 pistol and safecracker Mlíko (Bohumil Smída.
Police inspector Bouše (Josef Vinklár) with the CZ 27.
Another view of Bouše's pistol.

CZ 38

The police commissioner (Bohuslav Cáp) in charge of the police intervention unit is armed with a CZ 38 pistol.

CZ 38 - 9×17mm Browning Short
The police commissioner with a pistol (at the right) gives orders to the policemen on the staircase.
Another view of the same scene.
THe CZ 38 in hands of the police commissioner.

Sauer 38H

When the said police commissioner is seen on the street, he holds a Sauer 38H instead of the CZ 38 that is seen in his hands in the scenes inside the building.

Sauer 38H - 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP)
The police commissioner holds a Sauer 38H.


VZ-24 Czech Mauser

The personnel of the Prague's riot police unit are armed with VZ-24 Czech Mauser rifles. Some difference between the finish of the stocks can be seen: the rifles with laminated stocks are WWII era production under German control.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Police storm Pěnička's hideout.
Police fire their Mauser rifles.
Another view of the same scene.
A policeman at the foreground reloads his rifle.
A squad of policemen with Vz 24 rifles on the stairs.
Some policemen try to get into the building with the help of firefighters.
A good view of the bolt of the rifle.

See Also

The 'Sinful People of Prague' Series

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