Morality above All Else

Martin Frič, 1937

Film at Filmový přehled


In the last two weeks of 1936, the closure of Prague’s Barrandov studios became imminent due to a lack of work. So, to allow studio employees to escape the worst of the ravaging economic crisis, director Martin Frič hastily created an undemanding social comedy. The director wrote the screenplay for the feature – which would go on to find its place among the best films of Czechoslovak First Republic cinematography – in collaboration with Otakar Vávra and leading actor Hugo Haas. In Mravnost nade vše (Morality above All Else), the popular star plays the part of an austere moralist whose honourable, ordered life is invaded by an adult, illegitimate daughter. And what’s more – the living proof of the sinful youth of Professor Karas is not willing to leave her newly-found father alone in the foreseeable future… This frolicsome feature allows the beauty and charm of three actresses – Světla Svozilová, Věra Ferbasová and Adina Mandlová – to sparkle.
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About a film

Production year 1937
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres comedy
Form feature
Duration 86 min
Director Martin Frič
Cast Hugo Haas, Světla Svozilová, Adina Mandlová, Jiří Hlinomaz, Ladislav Boháč
Director of photography Ferdinand Pečenka
Screenplay Martin Frič, Hugo Haas, Otakar Vávra
Editor Jan Kohout
Production designer Štěpán Kopecký
Music Roman Blahník, R. A. Dvorský
Sound designer Josef Zora