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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 »


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


Ben Hecht (screenplay), Benn W. Levy (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
2 wins. See more awards »




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 ... Henri de Fairville
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Stegg
Luis Alberni ... Dr. Bomb
Lowden Adams Lowden Adams ... Joseph--Butler


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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"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)


Drama | Comedy



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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 »


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 »


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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Remade as Das große ABC (Monsieur Topaze) (1975) See more »


Roses from the South, Waltz op. 388
Music by Johann Strauss
Played as background music during restaurant scene
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Bravo Barrymore
27 May 2005 | by Ron OliverSee 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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Release Date:

24 February 1933 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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