Considering that Louis Gasnier had been unfaithful to his work when he directed TOPAZE in 1932, starring Louis Jouvet, Marcel Pagnol shot in 1936 a new version of this ferocious satire of modern times, starring Arnaudy. Despite a favorable reception from critics, little was made of this film.
Producer and distributor: Les Films Marcel Pagnol.
Script and dialogues: Marcel Pagnol, after his own play.
Direction: Marcel Pagnol.
Visuals: Albert Assouad.
Portrait and still cameraman: Roger Corbeau.
Set: Louis David.
Sound: Jean Lecocq.
Music: Vincent Scotto.
Editing: Suzanne de Troye.
Studios: Marcel Pagnol, Marseille.
First public screening: Paris, May 1936.
Running time: 1h58.
Antoine Arnaudy - Topaze Délia Col - Suzy Courtois Léon Brouzet - Monsieur Muche Sylvia Bataille - Ernestine Muche Alida Rouffe - La baronne Pitart Vergniolles Jean Castan - Séguedille Jean Arbuleau - Roger de Berville Léon Bélières - Régis Castel Vergnac Henri Poupon - Le vénérable vieillard Paul Demange - ...
An over-scrupulous schoolmaster, harassed by his headmaster, shall betray his moral principles for a happy and profit-making career in corrupt practices and blackmail.