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Mr Topaze

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Director  Peter Sellers
Screenplay  Marcel Pagnol
Country  United Kingdom
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  4 April 1961 (1961-04-04) (London)
Writer  Marcel Pagnol (play), Pierre Rouve
Music director  George Martin, Georges Van Parys
Cast  Herbert Lom (Castel Benac), Peter Sellers (Auguste Topaze), Leo McKern (Muche), Michael Gough (Tamise), John Neville (Roger), Martita Hunt (Baroness)
Similar movies  Topaze (1933)

Mr. Topaze (also known as I Like Money) is Peter Sellers' directorial debut in 1961. Starring Sellers, Nadia Gray and Leo McKern, as well as Herbert Lom. His son Michael Sellers plays in the film in the role of Gaston. The film is based on the eponymous play by Marcel Pagnol.

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Out of distribution for many years, a print exists in the British Film Institute National Archive, which makes it available for viewing on their website. The film was shown during the 2003 Cardiff Independent Film Festival.

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Plot

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Mr. Topaze (Peter Sellers) is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy Baroness (Martita Hunt). Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy (Nadia Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his business. Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, Tamise (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men.

Cast

  • Peter Sellers as Auguste Topaze
  • Nadia Gray as Suzy
  • Herbert Lom as Castel Benac
  • Leo McKern as Muche
  • Martita Hunt as Baroness
  • Michael Gough as Tamise
  • Anne Leon as Mrs. Tamise
  • Billie Whitelaw as Ernestine
  • Joan Sims as Colette
  • John Neville as Roger
  • John Le Mesurier as Blackmailer
  • References

    Mr. Topaze Wikipedia
    Mr. Topaze IMDbMr Topaze themoviedb.org


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