The movie is a parody on Western mystical thrillers and horror films, in particular—1961 film The Pit and the Pendulum. A musician from the symphony orchestra reads an English thriller novel during the concert, while performing his parts of the Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. The book makes so strong an impression on him that he imagines himself to be the novel's protagonist, Sir Hannibal Morris, an owner of a huge Gothic castle. Then come mysterious murders and disappearances, intrigues, kidnappings, and love.
Oldrich Nový – Drummer Emil / Sir Hannibal Morris
Kveta Fialová – Lady Clarence Hamilton – Hanibal's fiancee
Jana Novaková – Mabel – Hanibal's secretary
Vít Olmer – Allan Pinkerton
Waldemar Matuska – Manuel Díaz – adventurer
Jaroslav Marvan – Inspector Brumpby from Scotland Yard
Frantisek Filipovský – Doctor Stolly
Jan Skopecek – Servant John
Jaroslav Rozsíval – Dixi
Jaroslav Heyduk – Drummond – called 'Ruzenka'
Otto Simánek – Miky – called 'Kuratko' ('Chicken')
Vlasta Fabianová – Arabella – the Gray Lady
Lubomír Kostelka – Ind Abu – guardian tigers
Rudolf Deyl – Coroner
Natasa Gollová – Lady White – shelter owner for incorrigible criminal