Mr Topaze – Dramedy
Category – Movie (1961)
Content – This classic film is hailed as Peter Sellers long lost 1961 Directorial Debut. It has come back to us all, digitally remastered and looking beautiful. “Mr Topaze” is an innocent and honest school teacher in this classic film, with the love for a woman named Ernestine. And he is dedicated, as any teacher should be, to his students. However, when he refuses to change a bad student’s grade (the boy is the grandson of a wealthy baroness), his integrity is questioned. Threatening to remove all her grandsons from the school if Topaze continues to teach there, the headmaster fires him. And he loses Ernestine as well. Heartbroken, he leaves the school with his belongings, including his stuffed skunk. Surprising, he is offered a financial position with a crooked institution, run by Castel and his mistress, Suzy. Gradually, he sacrifices his honesty for success. In a surprising move, he fires Castel and wins Suzy! The movie begs the question – Are there any more honest men out there? While this film reeks of drama, the classical comedy woven in makes this film just an absolute delight. Movies nowadays really do not possess this type of classical comedy, which truly makes these older movies, “the classics.” This scores a 8 out of 10.
Acting – Peter Sellers plays the innocent school teacher turned financier perfectly, while directing this movie as well. Never an easy task! Anyone that can direct and act in the same film should be considered brilliant, especially when the movie turns out great. The rest of the cast is purely classic, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom, Michael Gough, and Billie Whiteslaw. I think Peter was probably at ease directing such a good cast! Score is 8 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 37 min. The comedy drama that encompasses this entire film is just fun, so the length is fine. Maybe a tad long, but good enough. This gets a 7 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Mr Topaze – 23 out of 30
Recommended Watch – OH this is a classical as a dramedy can get. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially with this new digitally remastered version. You will get a chuckle out of the innocent comedy, just pure fun!