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Film: Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet
Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet
(1977) is a Czechoslovakian film written by Oldrich Lipsky and Jiri Brdecka and directed by Oldrich Lipsky.
Nick Carter, the greatest American detective comes to Prague to solve a mysterious case of a missing person which turns out to be much more. A Troperiffic Affectionate Parody
of the pulp detective genre and Mystery Stories.
The film provides examples of these tropes:
- The Ace: Nick Carter. He rocks in everything — in investigating, in science, in sport, in fights, and all the ladies dig him. Plus he boats with the title of the Greatest American Detective.
- Adventurer Outfit:
- Detective Nick Carter wears a safari/jungle outfit in a flashback scene from African swamps when he remembers his famous defeat of The Gardener.
- A man trying to fly a bicycle with wings and propellers wears the pilot variant.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Police commissioner Ledvina comforts Nick Carter when he was recovering from the attack by The Gardener's chamberlain. Tap on the Head and chloroform, just to be sure? He deserved the affectionate pat, plus Ledvina promised him fresh air and beer drinking, if he would feel up to it.
- Affectionate Parody: It plays with Detective and Mystery Genre tropes and clichés. It also pokes gentle and not so gentle fun on Czech, European and American stereotypes.
- Animated Credits Opening: Just static pictures, but they are fun.
- Angry Fist-Shake: The dwarf and police commissioner Ledvina shake their fists at each other when the final confrontation started. When the dwarf gets arrested and is being carried away, he's still seen shaking his fist.
- Arch-Enemy: Gardener and Nick are Arch Enemies for each other, though both try to deny that the other is anybody important or that hard to defeat. Both learn their lesson.
- Attempted Rape: Near the climax of the movie, Kvetuska is nearly violated while sleeping. Her would-be perpetrator gets eaten by Adela just in time.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Nick's pose in certain moments, for example he folds his arms in the flashback from the forest or when he interrogates Irma.
- Badass Bookworm: Nick has books about just everything — about the countries he travels to, their culture and languages. He is able to learn a language just from a book. One is titled Czech — quick and easy. During one moment, he is saved by remembering a physics lesson about electricity.
- Bad Dreams: Baron Kratzmar keeps having nightmares about a plant's stigma. He keeps hearing "Where is the stigma? Where is the stigma?" They keep reminding him of his greatest humiliation which lead to him becoming evil.
- Blue Blood: Lots of the Czech characters are Bohemian aristocrats: Baron von Kratzmar, Countess Thun and Director of Police Knight Franz von Kaunitz.
- Big Applesauce: New York, America's greatest city, is Nick Carter's home. The Gardener committed lots of his crimes there as well.
- Binge Montage: When Nick Carter arrives in Prague, he wants to see the sights and get to known the city. Police commissioner Ledvina shows him Charles Bridge and others and tells him the history; however, they end up touring pubs in a beer drinking montage which ends early in the morning.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: "Always on alert!" is detective Nick Carter's Catch Phrase. When he receives a mysterious letter, it reveals two tickets. Police commissioner Ledvina is not too keen on going anywhere as it's fairly late and he's tired, and he asks where they are going this time. When he hears that their destination is a night club, he grabs his hat and sausages (he always eats), and very eagerly says: "Always on alert!
- Buxom Is Better: One girl from school where professor Bocek used to teach was said to be well-endowed.
Baron von Kratzmar: Even Fanynka Machackova. Do you remember her, Sir? The well-endowed one. She used to bring stuffed animals into your room.
- Catch Phrase: Nick Carter's motto is "Always alert!" It's funniest when he says it when he's wasted and totally exhausted after a beer drinking montage.
- Chaste Hero: Nick is very chaste. He's ashamed to even look at a lady in a Ms. Fanservice costume, and when she starts hitting on him in a rather aggressive way, he cries: "Oh, but what about my reputation? Oh, I mean your reputation?" He falls in love, but his love for Kvetuska is very chaste.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- Police commissioner Ledvina always eats, usually junk food like sausages or pickled sausages, and he's seen using his own pepper-pot and salt-cellar. The pepper-pot saves Nick Carter's life. When he's being eaten by Adele, police commissioner Ledvina throws the pepper-pot into her mouth. Adele starts coughing and gagging, and she spits Nick out.
- A man trying to fly a bicycle with wings and propellers can be seen in the background several times. Near the end of the movie, Nick borrows his flying machine, fixes its glitch and uses it to catch the Gardener who's escaping in a hot-air balloon.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Spoofed. Nick Carter pretends he's Nick Ledvina, a Czech-American expatriate who is visiting his old country. Professor Bocek asks whether he met a guy named Ladislav Matejka who is related to Professor Bocek's family. Nick is mildly annoyed that the professor imagines America as a small Bohemian town and says he didn't have the pleasure. When Nick is leaving Prague on a train, Professor Bocek keeps waving and shouts " and if you ever happen to meet Ladislav Matejka..." Then all of the sudden, Nick's Identical Stranger appears out of nowhere, and he says in Czech with a strong American accent: "But that is me, Larry Matejka, a Czecho-American."
- Chick Magnet: All the ladies fall for Nick — The Countess has a Celeb Crush on him, Miss Karin shamelessly hits on him when he questions her, and Kvetuska experiences Love at First Sight.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted. Like Nick Carter would really torture a woman, but commissioner Ledvina really seemed to think that when Nick grabbed a big pair of scissors, he might really use them on her. He starts cutting her hat and boa.
- Depraved Dwarf: One of the Gardener's minions is a dwarf who has an evil giggle.
- Detective Drama: Closed mystery variant, and the case turns out to be a pretty damn big one!
- Dirty Old Man: Director of Police von Kaunitz. Nick's talks about Gardener's insane experiments and mentions a rose that can put a lady into coma. Gardener did it to Bara Sernhardt and violated her. Kaunitz says it's disgusting, but then pervertedly asks whether the rose is on the market.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Two from the villain.
- Gert's mysterious disappearance was a case of revenge. He peed on Baron Kratzmar's leg, and he was therefore chosen to be Adele' first victim. You pee on the Gardener, you get eaten by the carnivorous plant.
- The Gardener's motivation was to get a revenge on his old professor of biology from grammar school. Matěj Kráčmera didn't know a plant's stigma from its pistil, and therefore the professor failed him. Everybody laughed at him and he felt humiliated. He swore he would work hard and get his revenge, using the professor's very own weapons — botany and plants.
- Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: One of the Gardener's insane experiments was a plant that would invoke this trope. If a lady is hurt by the thorn of his rose, she would fall asleep. Probably for a hundred years. The gardener used it on a renowned actress, Bara Sernhardt. And he went past kissing...
- Evil Laugh: Baron von Kratzmar has one of the greatest examples of this trope in Czech movie history, and perhaps one of the greatest ever. It's really devilish. When a policeman on the street hears it, he just crosses himself and quickly runs away.
- Fairytale Motifs:
- A magical rose has a thorn that puts you into sleep if you get hurt from it. From Sleeping Beauty.
- The Gardener managed to grow fast-sprouting beans and he used their stalks to carry him up to windows of New York apartments. Then he robbed them. From Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Fake Nationality: Slovak actor Michal Dočolomanský (and Frantiek Němec, his dub actor) as the classic American pulp detective Nick Carter.
- Famed in Story: Nick Carter is acknowledged as America's Greatest Detective, and he's friends with famous people.
- Fantastic Flora: Courtesy of the Gardener. A flower with human-like eyes that sheds tears; a flower with pollen that makes people freeze on spot immediately; a rose that can pour tea from a pot to cups, or cut its own rosebud with a pair of scissors and give it to a lady as a present. He also cultivated fast-sprouting beans used to rob apartments or a rose that puts ladies into deep sleep, used to invoked a very sinister scheme. The highlight of his devilish greenhouse is a carnivorous plant Adele that eats sausages, mice, dogs and people.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Said word for word. The Gardener's main minion is promised to get Kvetuska, the Professor's beautiful granddaughter, and is allowed to do whatever he wants with her. He says he's going to prepare for her such a fate that is worse than death for a chaste woman. He plans to have his way with her, and then sell her to a South American brothel.
- Femme Fatale: Irma Chatte, a gorgeous woman dressed as a cat. She tries to seduce Nick and trap him. Luckily for him, he's a Chaste Hero so he saves himself.
- Global Ignorance: Used for laughs as a way to undermine Nick's position of an Ace. Nick's sidekick Kuratko and Nick don't know where Prague is. Nick is sure it's in Vienna, though. (At that time, Vienna was capital of the Habsburg Empire. Prague was one of the empire's major cities and capital of Bohemian Kingdom.)
Kuratko: The Police Board of Prague. Prague? Where the hell is that, Prague?
Nick: (condescending) In Vienna. (...) But now, some vital information — about those antipodeans. (reads a book) I was of course not mistaken. It's almost in Vienna.
- Great Detective: Nick Carter, a private eye.
- Hand Rubbing:
- The dwarf, one of the Gardener's people, rubs his hands when their plan is working out.
- The Gardener rubs his hands with gusto when his revenge is about to be fulfilled.
- Headbutt of Love: Kvetuska and Larry Matejka at the end of the movie.
- Idea Bulb: Spoofed. Nick is friends with Thomas A. Edison, and he has his signed photo with a picture of him with a bulb. The message reads: My dear Nick, thank you for your advice. It was a million dollar idea. Gratefully yours, Thomas A. Edison
- Identical Stranger: At the end of the movie, Nick's doppelgänger appears, except he's blond. It's the very same Larry Matejka who was mentioned by Professor Bocek. Kvetuska quickly changes one dashing man for another.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Baron Kratzmar downs two shots when he wakes up from his nightmare.
- The Ingenue: Kvetuska is a sweet girl who takes care of her grandfather. She falls in love with Nick, but their love is very chaste. They don't even share a kiss.
- In-Series Nickname: The Gardener, Nick's arc nemesis who is the most mysterious criminal of the century. His origins were unclear, and this case revealed them: Baron von Kratzmar was the Gardener. However, this is also an alter ego. He's in fact a common person named Matěj Kráčmera.
- Instant Sedation:
- When police commissioner Ledvina impersonates Nicks, Gardener's minions inject him and he's immediately intoxicated and loses consciousness. However, it was a pretty massive syringe.
- Nick is dusted with pollen in the Gardener's greenhouse, and he freezes instantly.
- Interrogation by Vandalism: Nick uses it on Irma Chatte. He threatens and starts destroying her Nice Hat, cutting its feathers. It works. She loves that hat as it's from Paris, and starts talking.
- I Work Alone: So Nick Carter claims. He accepts the offer to be shown around Prague, but then wants to work alone. However, he later reconsiders and fully cooperates with Ledvina. The last straw was when he asked Ledvina to hit him, expecting box or fist fight. He was, however, bitch-slapped, which confused him and convinced that he needs a sidekick.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Baron Rupert von Kratzmar wears one during his experiments in his greenhouse.
- Love at First Sight: Kvetuska and Nick, both ways. It happens to Kvetuska once again with Nick's Identical Stranger, and both of them fall in love. And yes, Kvetuska is really that pretty.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Nick's "A present from my friend [surname]" — he has many friends among scientists and inventors. They include Edison, Röntgen, Nobel, and Laser.
- Mad Scientist: Played for all its worth. He experiments with plants and he has achieved phenomenal results. For example, at the very beginning of the movie his plant with human-like eyes sheds a Single Tear. His schemes are very sinister.
- Man-Eating Plant: Adele, aka Adelheide Kratzmari. Grown and cultivated with one purpose only: revenge! Her carnivorous abilities are multiplied if Mozart's lullaby is playing.
- Market-Based Title: The film has several international titles in English. Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, Adele Hasn't Had Her Supper Yet, Dinner for Adele or Nick Carter in Prague.
- Master of Disguise: Nick Carter's disguises are "proverbially perfect", however, his intention to blend in with the crowd fails epically in Bohemia. First, his books had perfect information about people and their life in the countryside, but not so much not about towns. And also "everything gets noised abroad here", as police commissioner Ledvina kindly informs him. His Egyptian disguise was indeed quite impressive.
- Morning Routine: Nick's morning routine in his New York office consists of having breakfast, eating a doughnut and drinking a cup of coffee, and killing off several murderers and criminals who try to get him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Irma Chatte, a dancer and artist incognito with a cat mask performing at a night club. Men are crazy about her in-universe as well. She likes Nick best. She really fancies him, but it's also a trick — she secretly works for the Gardener.
- Nasty Party: Professor Bocek and his granddaughter get invited for tea at Baron von Kratzmar. He is to be eaten by a carnivorous plant and she is to be raped and sent to a brothel.
- Naughty by Night: Countess's companion Karin who wear glasses, long skirts and reads books for her is Irma Chatte, the secret of Prague night, a gorgeous dancer masked as a cat.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: An actress known for her tragic roles gets mentioned — Bara Sernhardt. That doesn't sound like Sarah Bernhardt at all.
- Omniglot: Nick can apparently learn a language just from studying a book. When he arrives in Prague, he has a perfect knowledge of Czech and clear accent.
- Private Detective: Nick Carter from New York. He frequently travels around the world to solve the most difficult cases. Every time when the local police enforcement is lost, they call Carter.
- Punny Name: Inspector Ledvina. Ledvina means "Kidney" in Czech. Given the plump inspector's eating and drinking habits, his kidneys might not be faring that well...
- Replacement Goldfish: Gert was Countess Thun's beloved companion. Nick thought he was a person, but he's actually a Great Dane. Near the end of the movie, the countess is seen with a new puppy named Gert, though this time he's a hand-bag dog.
- Romancing the Widow: The Gardener married an American woman, a widow after an Apple King, and he devoted himself to fruit-growing. He offed her later, inheriting all her money.
- Running Gag: Nick uses several gadgets and he always introduces them as "a present from my friend X". These include Edison, Röntgen, Nobel, and Laser. When the last gadget fails, commissioner Ledvina takes out a present from his friend Messer. 'Messer' means 'knife' in German, and his knife saves them at the end.
- Science Hero: Nick Carter. Chemistry and physics are an investigator's best friends. To say nothing about his friends who are famous scientists and inventors and provide him with prototypes and useful gadgets.
- Sexier Alter Ego: Karin is very pretty in a prim-and-proper way, but Irma Chatte is the sexiest lady in a cat mask from that era. Maybe ever.
- Secret Identity:
- Nick Carter pretends to Kvetuska and Professor Bocek that he's Nick Ledvina, a magician and Czech expatriate who came back from America to his old country.
- Irma Chatte, a gorgeous mysterious dancer is Miss Karin, Countess Thun's companion. Another spoiler: she also works for the Gardener. When surprised Nick says she leads a double life, she laughs at him and says that a cat has seven lives.
- Baron von Kaunitz plays a philanthropic scientist who is a friend to widows and orphans, and a close personal friend to Countess Thun. He's in fact the Gardener, the most mysterious criminal master mind of the century. One layer deeper, he's Matěj Kráčmera, a former unfortunate student who failed biology in grammar school and was humiliated in class. He swore revenge to his professor, and he also swore he would use botanic, the very thing that got him failed.
- Shout-Out: In bucketloads, to real life historical characters, to literature and film.
- In the introductory morning sequence, Nick destroys several criminals while having breakfast. One of them is Fantômas, a villain from French film franchise which was quite popular in Czechoslovakia.
- Countess Thun's favourite literature? Dante, Goethe, and Nick Carter's stories.
- There is Sherlock Holmes' picture in Nick's office that says: If I were not Holmes, I should wish to be Carter. Which itself is a Shout Out to Alexander the Great's quote about him and Diogenes.
- Thomas A. Edison is friends with Nick. Apparently, it was Nick Carter who inspired him to invent a bulb.
- Alfred Nobel is one of Nick's friends as well. He uses his dynamite once.
- The Greek philosopher Diogenes and his habit of dwelling in a barrel is mentioned when the Gardener is pleased that his minions got Nick and keep him in a barrel.
- The Gardener himself, being a Troperiffic early 20th century pulp villain, is very similar to Snidely Whiplash in terms of appearance.
- In New York, Nick works with Kuratko, but we don't see much of him.
- Whenever Nick is abroad, he prefers working alone. However, he deems Prague too weird a place and gladly accepts police commissioner Ledvina's help and insight.
- Slipping a Mickey: Kvetuska accidentally becomes part of Gardener's revenge It's revenge on her Grandpa, and she's in the way. He drugs her tea and she falls asleep, and she nearly gets violated by Gardener's chamberlain. She would then be sent away to a South American brothel. Said word for word that it's a fate worse than death for a chaste woman.
- Speech Impediment: Baron Rupert von Kratzmar suffers from rhotacism. He pronounces his r's and ř's incorrectly. It's a fairly common Speech Impediment among Czech speakers. It's part of his disguise and Secret Identity. He speaks normally when he's only with his servant.
- Steampunk: A lot of the gadgets used by both Nick and The Gardener.
- The Stinger: Nick and Police Commissioner Ledvina successfully catch the Gardener in a very thrilling show down, and he falls right into prison. Then during the credits, the Gardener appears in the coal compartment of the train on which Nick travels to Egypt. He was helped by Karin/Irma who is working there, putting coal to heat the locomotive.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Nick Carter. All the ladies fancy him. He has dark hair and rather darkish complexion, and he has Innocent Blue Eyes and his face is classically shaped, as Irma tells him.
- Tap on the Head:
- Nick gets clonked by a serving dish, and Gardener's chamberlain makes sure that he stays unconscious for a while by applying chloroform.
- Kvetuska gets accidentally hit by one of Nick's gadgets, and she's unconscious for a rather long time.
- The chamberlain gets hit on his head when Nick and commissioner Ledvina escapes and try to catch the Gardener. This case is quite realistic, as he's unconscious for a brief moment and wakes up rather quickly.
- Thinking Tic: Nick Carter often folds his arms and put fingers on his lips or face. He sometimes points out that he's deep in thoughts or "investigating intensively" when he's disgruntled that police commissioner Ledvina is not as invested in the case as he is.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: The Gardener killed his wife.
- The Triple: Countess Thun's favourite reading? Dante, Goethe, and Nick Carter's stories.
- Urine Trouble: Not seen, but that's what got Gert killed. He shouldn't have tinkled Baron's leg.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Irma Chatte has a letter for Nick hidden between her breasts.
- You Got Murder: Spoofed and subverted. The suspicious letter contained only a free ticket to a night club, but savvy Nick checked with a device from his friend Roentgen.