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Mr Topaze

  • 1961
  • Peter Sellers
  • 97 mins
  • U

Summary

Mr. Topaze (Peter Sellers), an honest and unassuming school teacher, is fired when he refuses to give a pass grade to a failing student, the grandson of a wealthy baroness. Castel Benac, a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy, a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his corrupt business.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Peter Sellers directed himself in this adaptation of a Marcel Pagnol play, so he has only himself to blame. He plays an ex-schoolmaster in a small French town who falls among thieves and comes up wealthy. Beset by the likes of Herbert Lom, Leo McKern and Nadia Gray, Sellers makes an endearing innocent at large. Alas, his direction lacks the cynical edge the idea needed.

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Credits

Cast

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Mr TopazePeter Sellers
SuzyNadia Gray
Castel BenacHerbert Lom
MucheLeo McKern
BaronessMartita Hunt
RogerJohn Neville
ErnestineBillie Whitelaw
TamiseMichael Gough
ColetteJoan Sims
BlackmailerJohn Le Mesurier

Crew

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DirectorPeter Sellers

Details

Theatrical distributor
Anatole de Grumwald
Language
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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