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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
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Although it was made at the height of Peter Sellers's popularity, and had great publicity as a result of his also directing it, this was a considerable critical and financial failure - so much so that advertising took the extraordinary step of citing derogatory critical notices as well as favorable ones and suggesting that audiences might like to make up their own minds. A similar controversy attended the opening of the first London production of the original play, which took place in 1933 - Raymond Massey, who played Sellers's role of Topaze in it, reports in his autobiography that the first act was met with rapturous applause and even a standing ovation, the second act by markedly more reserved applause, and the end of the play with virtually no applause at all and audible audience hostility. See more »
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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