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I Like Money (1961)
"Mr. Topaze" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  September 1962 (USA)
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Mr. Topaze ('Peter Sellers') is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad ... See full summary »

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Suzy
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Castel Benac
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Martita Hunt ...
Baroness
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Tamise
Anne Leon ...
Mrs. Tamise
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Ernestine
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Colette
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Roger
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Blackmailer
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Gaston
Pauline Shepherd ...
Lilette
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Mr. Topaze ('Peter Sellers') is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy baroness. Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy (Nadia Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his business. Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, Tamise (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that if what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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From Teacher To Tycoon In Ten Light-Fingered Lessons! See more »

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Peter Sellers is believed to have all copies of this film taken out of public domain and destroyed them. See more »

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Version of Das große ABC (1957) See more »

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I Like Money
Music by George Martin
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Peter Sellers' forgotten film
5 December 2000 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

A few know that Peter Sellers once-apart from starring-directed a film! This was "Mr.Topaze" or "I Like money"(as it was screened by that name in the US). Actually, it is not a masterpiece, but not a poor film too, as the reviews of its time claimed. Peter plays a naive teacher, a man of spirit who is corrupted by money and power. What is very interesting is that the film has quite many "serious" moments and Peter depicts the teacher with accuracy. What's more, the film's finale isn't comic at all. Pity this film was never released on VHS on DVD(but it is never too late, is it?)!


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