Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, 1977 - ★★½

Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, 1977 - ★★½


"I didn't cut you off a hangman's rope for nothing!"

- Baron Kratzmar aka The Gardener (Milos Kopecký)

Venus Claptrap: Hokey Czech farce based on the nonchalant yarns of super sleuth Nick Carter. When famed American detective Nick Carter's summoned to Prague to solve what should be a simplistic open and shut case of a wealthy womans missing dog. He stumbles onto a diabolical plot by botanical master criminal Baron Robert von Kratzmar aka The Gardener, whose been growing a carnivorous plant named Adela, thats got an insatiable appetite.

Oldrich Lipský's 'Adéla jeste nevecerela' aka 'Adele Hasn’t Had Her Dinner Yet' is a movie thats not aged very well, in fact I seriously suspect back on its release in 1977 it appeared dated. Its pretty much a formulaic detective mystery along the lines of a Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan story, only with an absurdest streak and 007 styled gadgets. Outside of a few surreal moments I found it tiring, didn't help that I couldn't warm to Carter, Ledvina or any of the central characters.

[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

The Prague Pilsenfest. The Barons eyeball botanical conservatory, and his animated back story. The midget concierges Benny Hill speedups (because if theres anything funnier than a midget, its one thats speeded up). Carters odd American office walls being filled with death masks and the guns they'd been shot with.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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