Topaze (1933)

Topaze (1933)





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Producer David O. Selznick's adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's satirical play +Topaze stars John Barrymore, delivering a peerless comedy performance a full year before Howard Hawks allegedly "discovered" Barrymore's comic potential in Twentieth Century. Barrymore plays a French science teacher who is dismissed because he refuses to compromise his integrity by passing the student of a wealthy man. To console himself, Barrymore tinkers in his laboratory, where he stumbles upon the formula for a health tonic. Hired by unscrupulous tycoon George Mason to market the drink, Barrymore finds himself becoming as dishonest as his fellow businessmen. On the road to redemption toward the end, Barrymore wins the love of Mason's mistress Myrna Loy, who likewise seeks to change her ways. Eschewing much of the cynicism of the Pagnol original, Topaze aims more for whimsical chuckles than knowing nods. The property would be remade with most of its sardonic humor restored by Fernandel in 1951 and Peter Sellers in 1963.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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RKO Radio Pictures


John Barrymore
as Professor Auguste A. Topaze
Myrna Loy
as Coco
Albert Conti
as Henri de Fairville
Luis Alberni
as Dr. Bomb
Reginald Mason
as Baron de Latour-Latour
Jobyna Howland
as Baroness de Latour-Latour
Jackie Searl
as Charlemagne de Latour-Latour
Frank Reicher
as Dr. Stegg
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Critic Reviews for Topaze

All Critics (2)

It might have grandly worked back in the day, but its comedy is inert and its presentation is stagy for modern tastes.

Full Review… | February 3, 2015
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March 6, 2013

Audience Reviews for Topaze


good pre-code vehicle for Barrymore made the same year he did 'counselor at law' 4 universal also MGM's 'diner at 8"

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

If it weren't for the too-cute-for-words quality of Myrna Loy I really wouldn't have bothered. John Barrymore was great, but it started off kind of boring and even a little annoying. The dragginess of it eventually gave way to some minor fun and I in no way regretted seeing Topaze. It's no Thin Man, but it beats the hell out of Brett Ratner...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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[center][img][/img][/center] [font=Century Gothic]I watched this on TCM's recent Myrna Loy celebrato, and it's a pretty golden obscure 30s comedy (based on a play which was later remade with Peter Sellers) with an extremely unique plot involving a science teacher who gets hired to make a nutritious tonic water for a rich, seedy fat-cat who saves money by replacing the health drink with ordinary swill. It gets a little slow at times, and preachy in others, but Johny Barrymore and Myrna Loy are fun to watch and frequently hilarious, and the story and thematic elements are so different that soda-pop politics become oddly engaging.[/font]

John Ferrer
John Ferrer

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