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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 »

Director:

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

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Benn W. Levy (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Henri de Fairville
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Stegg
Luis Alberni ... Dr. Bomb
Lowden Adams 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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"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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Baron & Coco's apartment features an Art Deco Aries over the fireplace in the library, even though none of the usual denizens of the apartment are of that sign. 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

Coco: But idiots are hard to find, I should think.
Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour: Oh no, not in the scientific world.
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Connections

Alternate-language 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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a wonderful little John Barrymore film
11 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film proves that just because a film is old doesn't mean it isn't worth seeing! This simple film captivated me with the cleaver plot and the acting of John Barrymore as he lights up each scene! The story is about a company that is looking for a stooge to be the figurehead for their bottled water company. They want some obscure scientist to state that the liquid has health-inducing properties even though it's nothing special. They happen upon Barrymore--an apparently simple-minded old professor who is a paragon of virtue. They use his good name to hoodwink the public and the good professor who appears to have no idea what is going on around him,...or does he? Watch the movie through to the end, as it really grabs you when the eventual show-down occurs!

By the way, this film was from a story by the wonderful French writer, Marcel Pagnol. Try to find the original French language version if you get the chance or any of his other wonderful films, such as THE BUTCHER'S WIFE or the FANNY trilogy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Topaze See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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