Topaze

Topaze

Director: Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast Cast: John Barrymore, Myrna Loy, Albert Conti

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2018
UPC: 0738329228224
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 52,677

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Barrymore Auguste Topaze
Myrna Loy Coco
Albert Conti Henri
Luis Alberni Dr. Bomb
Reginald Mason Baron de Latour-Latour
Jobyna Howland Baroness de Latour-Latour
Jackie Searl Charlemagne de Latour-Latour
Frank Reicher Dr. Stegg
Lowden Adams Actor

Technical Credits
Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Benn Wolfe Levy Screenwriter
Kenneth MacGowan Associate Producer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
David O. Selznick Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer

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