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Topaze (1933)

Approved | | Drama, Comedy | 24 February 1933 (USA)
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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(as D'Abbadie D'Arrast)

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(screenplay), (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Coco
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Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour
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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 ...
Joseph--Butler
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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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Drama | Comedy

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24 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Topázio  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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On February 8, 1933, this film became the first RKO production to play at Manhattan's fabled Radio City Music Hall. Eighteen years later, the last RKO movie to open at the Music Hall would be Payment on Demand (1951), a Bette Davis drama which began its run on February 15 that year. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a student tears a calendar page from a wall calendar, indicating a date of 1932, December, Friday the 13th. In actuality, the 13th day of December, 1932 was a Tuesday, not a Friday. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bomb: You're the most impudent scoundrel I've ever known.
Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour: Sir, I am impervious to flattery.
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Featured in David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (1935) See more »

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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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