Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Peter Sellers: "Mr. Topaze"

"Mr. Topaze" (aka "I Like Money") the 1961 directorial debut of comedic actor Peter Sellers, has been digitally restored, starring Sellers, Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Herbert Lom and Michael Sellers:

"...'Mr. Topaze' (Sellers) is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy 'Baroness' (Martita Hunt). 'Castel Benac' (Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, 'Suzy' (Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire 'Mr. Topaze' as the front man for his business.

"Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, 'Tamise' (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men..."

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