Morality above All Else

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Mravnost nade vše

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1937

Production year

1937

Premiere

24.02.1937

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Frič

Screenplay

Martin Frič, Hugo Haas, Otakar Vávra

Screenstory

J. Erbenová

Summary

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.

Synopsis

Professor Karas always makes a big show of how morally decent he is, wherever he goes. He enforces the motto "Morality above all else" on the life of his wife Karolína and their two children, eighteen-year-old Eva and thirteen-year-old Ivan. The professor, however, carefully hides the fact that he has a child out of wedlock named Věra. The girl wants nothing except to be close to her father so she becomes part of the family as Eva's governess. The modern girl has a wonderful effect on the starchy members of the family. The young doctor Jílovský falls in love with her, however, Karas is still afraid to admit his family relationship with Věra. Thus it happens that his secret nocturnal visit to his daughter's room is considered the flight of a married man. The next day Jílovský rebukes Věra for what has happened and he and the other members of the family discover who the "other man" was. When Karas, urged on by his friend Mach, decides to come clean about his identity, he finds that everyone already knows and they are all glad since they have grown very fond of Věra. Eva and her mother, under Věra's influence, have been transformed into elegant ladies. Eva finds the love of the sculptor Konrád, Karolína earns the admiration of her husband, now delighting in his new - found wisdom and Věra gets her beloved Jílovský.

Cast

Hugo Haas

profesor Antonín Karas

Světla Svozilová

Karolína, žena profesora Karase

Adina Mandlová

Eva, dcera profesora Karase

Jiří Hlinomaz

Ivan, syn profesora Karase

Ladislav Boháč

lékař MUDr. Jílovský

Saša Rašilov

advokát JUDr. Mach, Karasův přítel

Věra Ferbasová

Věra Gregorová, Karasova nemanželská dcera

Mirko Eliáš

sochař Konrád

Zdeňka Baldová

Drážná, jednatelka Spolku pro povznesení mravnosti

Marie Ptáková

Roubalová, členka Spolku pro povznesení mravnosti

Marie Pilská

členka Spolku pro povznesení mravnosti

Milada Gampeová

Nyklasová, členka Spolku pro povznesení mravnosti

Marie Ježková

služka u Karasů Madla

Elsa Vetešníková

pokojská v hotelu

Miro Bernat

student

Rudolf Milič

student

F. X. Mlejnek

host na slavnosti

Josef Oliak

host na slavnosti

Marie Oliaková

host na slavnosti

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Assistant Director

Walter Schorsch

Screenstory

J. Erbenová

Production Designer

Štěpán Kopecký

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Josef Zora

Titles Designed by

Martin Frič

Production Manager

Josef Stein

Music

Music Composed by

Roman Blahník, R. A. Dvorský

Music Performed by

Orchestr F.O.K.

Production info

Original Title

Mravnost nade vše

English Title

Morality above All Else

Copyright

1937

Production Year

1937

Premiere

24.02.1937

Production

AB

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

AB

Technical info

Versions

Czech