Topaze (1933 French film)

Topaze is a 1933 French comedy film directed by Louis J. Gasnier and starring Louis Jouvet, Simone Héliard and Marcel Vallée.[1] It is based on the 1928 play Topaze by Marcel Pagnol. The same year an American version of the play Topaze was released, starring John Barrymore. In 1936 Pagnol himself remade the film in France.

Directed byLouis J. Gasnier
Produced byMarcel Pagnol
Written byLouis J. Gasnier
Léopold Marchand
Marcel Pagnol (play)
StarringLouis Jouvet
Simone Héliard
Marcel Vallée
CinematographyFred Langenfeld
Distributed byLes Films Paramount
Release date
6 January 1933
Running time
103 minutes

It was made at the Joinville Studios in Paris by the French subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. The film's sets were designed by the art director René Renoux.


An earnest schoolteacher who teaches his pupils that honesty is the best policy eventually changes his mind when confronted with the corruption of the business world.



  1. Goble p.987


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.
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