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Critic Reviews for Topaze
It might have grandly worked back in the day, but its comedy is inert and its presentation is stagy for modern tastes.
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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"
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...
[center][img]http://www.filmposters.com/images/posters/10763.jpg[/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]
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