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Topaze (1933)

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 »

Director:

Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (as D'Abbadie D'Arrast)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Charles Lederer (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Professor Auguste A. Topaze
Myrna Loy ... Coco
Reginald Mason ... 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 Albert Conti ... Henri de Fairville
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Stegg
Luis Alberni ... Dr. Bomb
Lowden Adams Lowden Adams ... Joseph--Butler
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"Topaze" the simple minded school teacher, who found it more desirable to be a Master Grafter, conquering political intrigue with Myran Loy, Gloria Stuart, Jobyna Howland. (Print Ad- Register Herald, ((Pine Plains, NY)) 2 March 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Topázio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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 I Like Money (1961) 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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A Barrymore You've Not Seen Before
9 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Topaze this morning I was amazed at how well John Barrymore was playing the title role in this film and how he seemed to be getting inspiration from Frank Morgan. Then I did some research and found out that in the American debut of Marcel Pagnol's play Frank Morgan did indeed play the lead.

The play ran for 215 performances on Broadway in 1930 and it concerns a French school teacher who's a rather old fashioned pedantic fellow who believes the simple maxims of life about honesty and decency. His reputation is such that an unscrupulous industrialist wants to use his name on a soft drink that is not manufactured with the highest of standards.

When he finds out and how he deals with it are the subject of Topaze and let's just say this mild mannered school teacher turns out to be more than capable of dealing with the cold and cruel outside world.

John Barrymore never did anything quite like Topaze or at least I've not seen it. You can best compare this performance to a couple of Frank Morgan roles. It's very much like his Professor Roth in The Mortal Storm although the results are far happier for the title character.

Myrna Loy is on hand as the mistress of Baron Reginald Mason and gives a good account of herself as does Mason as the unscrupulous industrialist. You can see why Mason's doing a little kanoodling with Loy on the side when you get a look at Jobyna Howland, the Baroness. Let's just say she's formidable.

Loy would soon follow Barrymore to MGM from where he was being loaned out for Topaze by Louis B. Mayer to his son-in-law, David O. Selznick the producer. Selznick would also opt for MGM soon. But director Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast would depart for Europe shortly unable to work within the constraints of the Hollywood studio system. He did a great job here, possibly in another era he would have had a more substantial American career.

For a John Barrymore you've not seen before I recommend Topaze.


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