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(I) (1933)

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The original play opened on 9 October 1928 in Paris, France.
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Although the movie was passed by The National Board of Review for showing in the USA in 1933, it was refused a Production Code Administation (PCA) certificate for re-release in 1936, when the Code was more strictly enforced.
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On February 8, 1933, this film became the first RKO production to play at Manhattan's fabled Radio City Music Hall. Eighteen years later, the last RKO movie to open at the Music Hall would be Payment on Demand (1951), a Bette Davis drama which began its run on February 15 that year.
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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.
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This film and Out All Night (1933) were released on a double bill in many theaters during their original run.
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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.
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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.
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