6.8/10
752
23 user 8 critic

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 »
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Topaze II (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: Louis Jouvet, Simone Héliard, Marcel Vallée
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ten years of married life beginning in 1925. Mary stands by Jack after the Depression of 1929 but considers divorce when he again becomes successful by 1935. Bill, who loves Mary, works at ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Ian Hunter
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Based on a play by Philip Barry, this sophisticated comedy is about a man trying to justify his love for both his wife and his mistress.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy
Morning Glory (1933)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success.

Director: Lowell Sherman
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Billie Burke
Love Crazy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Living in India with her crude husband, a British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame at a party, though she truly has her sights set on a handsome doctor.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent
Topaze (1951)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Albert Topaze, sincere schoolteacher addicted to "rote" morality, works at a private school run by supremely money-grubbing M. Muche, whose daughter, also a teacher, makes cynical use of ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Pagnol
Stars: Fernandel, Hélène Perdrière, Jacqueline Pagnol
I Like Money (1961)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sellers
Stars: Peter Sellers, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor
Stars: Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Walburn
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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
Edit

Details

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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

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

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Weird Film
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Topaze (1933)

** (out of 4)

Extremely weird film about a nice and honest school teacher (John Barrymore) who gets fired from his job after failing a 12-year-old boy but soon gets a job but unknowingly starts ripping off the public with fake sparkling water. The majority of the film deals with the nice guy Barrymore being taken advantage of by bad people and being forced to do bad things without knowing it. That's all good and fine but I'm not sure if this was suppose to make me laugh or not. It's listed as a comedy in every guide book but not once did it make me laugh so on that level the film certainly didn't work for me. The movie kept me entertained from start to finish but all of that is due to Barrymore who delivers a terrific performance. I'm slowly going through Barrymore's filmography and I've mainly watched his wacky, over the top film but here he actually stays within the mild mannered character and doesn't resort to any of that weirdness. He is totally believable as his character and delivers something very fresh. Myrna Loy is his assistant but doesn't get much to do.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed