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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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Cast

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Coco
Reginald Mason ...
Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour
Jobyna Howland ...
Baroness Hortense de La Tour-La Tour
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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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Approved
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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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From National Board of Review: The committee has chosen "TOPAZE" as the best American film of the year, a film which in addition to its excellence of production, and John Barrymore's memorable characterization, exercises remarkably the true function of comedy in cutting deep into the oddities of human nature that makes life what it is. 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

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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Connections

Version of Topaze (1933) 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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Barrymore is charismatic...the script is not
6 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Film-version of Marcel Pagnol's play about a naive professor, teaching at an academy for boys, getting the ax from the administration and becoming a chemist for a beverage company headed up by a businessman who turns out to be dishonest. Tale of morals and mores is sluggishly-paced and could use a little extra comedic relief, though it does have John Barrymore in the lead and he's very charming. One may say the script is dated and dim, however Barrymore creates an appealing character in Professor Topaze, and his gentle performance nearly makes up for the unimaginative handling and the disappointing supporting turns by Myrna Loy, Albert Conti and Reginald Mason. Remade in 1962 with Peter Sellers as "I Like Money". ** from ****


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