Topaze (1933 American film)

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Topaze - Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by D'Abbadie D'Arrast
Produced by David O. Selznick
Written by Ben Hecht
Benn W. Levy
Charles MacArthur
Based on Topaze (play) 
by Marcel Pagnol
Starring John Barrymore
Myrna Loy
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Edited by William Hamilton
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • February 24, 1933 (1933-02-24)
Running time
78 min.
Country United States
Language English

Topaze is a 1933 American film based on the French play of the same name by Marcel Pagnol. Another film version of Topaze, this one made in the original French, and directed by Pagnol himself, was also made that year, starring Louis Jouvet in the title role.


The film follows Prof. Auguste A. Topaze (John Barrymore), an honest professor facing the reality and dishonesty of the world after he is taken advantage of by a baron's business dealings.



Topaze won the 1933 National Board of Review Award for Best Film.

Mordaunt Hall said "[I]t is an agreeable and effective film, and Mr. Barrymore lends no little artistry to the rôle of the benign Professor Auguste Topaze, a part played with rare skill on the stage by Frank Morgan."[1]

In 1935, a planned reissue was rejected by Joseph Breen as the Production Code was now being strictly enforced and the relationship between Coco and Philippe lacked compensating moral values.[2]


  1. ^ New York Times review by Mordaunt Hall
  2. ^ The Dame in the Kimono by Leonard Leff and Jerold Simmons (Weidenfeld and Nicolson: 1990)

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