Mr. Topaze

Directed by Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
Film Movement Classics
97 Minutes
United Kingdom
Comedy, Drama, Classics
Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Mono
Theatrical booking
Clemence Taillandier
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Maxwell Wolkin
Materials and print traffic
Jimmy Weaver
Press Inquiries
Michael Krause


Honest French teacher Auguste Topaze (Peter Sellers) is fired after refusing to alter the bad grades of a baroness' grandson. Sensing an opportunity, actress Suzy (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his businesses, arguing that Topaze's well-known honesty will protect the company from suspicion. When Topaze learns he is being used, he decides to swindle his manipulators. Based on a Marcel Pagnol play, this film was the sole directorial effort of legendary British comic actor Peter Sellers. A critical and commercial failure upon its release, all copies but one (in the British Film Institute) were destroyed. Long considered a lost classic, this film was recently restored by the BFI at the request of the British public.