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Topaze (I) (1933)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  24 February 1933 (USA)
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An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ... See full summary »

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Coco
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Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour
Jobyna Howland ...
Baroness Hortense de La Tour-La Tour
Jackie Searl ...
Charlemagne de La Tour-La Tour
Albert Conti ...
Henri de Fairville
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Dr. Stegg
Luis Alberni ...
Dr. Bomb
Lowden Adams ...
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An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a crooked business scheme. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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24 February 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Topázio  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened on 9 October 1928 in Paris, France. See more »

Goofs

In the taxi-cab just as Coco tells Topaze about her adultery with the Baron, there is an awkward splice in the rear projection footage making cars and people on the street disappear momentarily. See more »

Quotes

Coco: But idiots are hard to find, I should think.
Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour: Oh no, not in the scientific world.
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Connections

Version of Topaze (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South, Waltz op. 388
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played as background music during restaurant scene
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Bravo Barrymore
27 May 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Hapless schoolmaster Auguste TOPAZE becomes the dupe of a duplicitous baron attempting to sell worthless tonic water.

John Barrymore is wonderfully cast against type as the gently pedantic professor in this sadly obscure comedy from RKO. For much of the picture he dithers delightfully, well aware that often less is more in the game of cinematic scene stealing. Living his life by the simple maxims of honesty & decency, Barrymore's character is stunned when his good name is threatened by his powerful new employer. But he has a scheme...

Lovely Myrna Loy, as cool & untroubled as an icy glacier, does well by her role as the baron's levelheaded mistress. Refreshingly, the story allows only an innocent platonic friendship between herself & Barrymore. It is enough.

Aristocratic Reginald Mason gives an enjoyable performance as the crooked baron, while the massive Jobyna Howland revels in her small role as his unspeakable wife. Young Jackie Searl scores as their repellent little son.

Good assist is given by Albert Conti as a corrupt politician, Luis Alberni as an outraged chemist, and, in the same year he'd captain the steamer to Kong's Skull Island, Frank Reicher takes the role of the stern headmaster of the boy's school which employed Topaze.

Ben Hecht's script for the film was based on the original play by Marcel Pagnol.


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