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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), 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 ... 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

Dr. Topaze says that he and Coco went to see "Women of Passion", which may refer to "Du Barry, Woman of Passion" from 1930 starring Norma Talmadge. She is credited with starting the tradition of celebrity footprints in wet cement at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, though she did it accidentally. 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

Version of Topaze (1994) 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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For the love of a good, clean glass of water.
7 September 2008 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

TOPAZE (1933) is a funny movie. It is also a dramatic tale of how corrupt the writers (Ben Hecht/Benn Levy) find the capitalists to be. The capitalist in question is the Baron Philippe de La Tour (Reginald Mason) who is carrying on an affair with a girl called Coco (Myrna Loy). There is no compunction involved, and they carry on as if married. Only they're not.

The Baron La Tour wants to sell bottled water but his "scientific backing" bails on him because the water is not what is advertised. With the help of his paramour Coco, Baron Le Tour finds another scientist in the form of his son's recently fired schoolmaster, Professor Auguste A. Topaze. Unwitting and somewhat naïve, Topaze lends his name to the water which henceforth bears his name, Sparkling Topaze.

Dr. Topaze eventually discovers that, by gosh, he's being used. What he does is the perfect answer to capitalism, because it is done like a true capitalist.

The "evil capitalist" argument has never died, in this era when corporations and oil companies and big pharmaceuticals, etc., are blamed for the sundry world ills, so the story is not really dated. Barrymore is brilliant, owning the role, and Myrna Loy is dazzling. Mason is quite good as the Baron, Jobyna Howland delightful as his wife, and Jackie Searl is a joy as their son, Charlemagne de La Tour, who is something of the nemesis of Dr. Topaze.

This movie is a gem.


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