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Downstairs (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 May 1933 (Denmark)
An amoral chauffeur seeks to seduce a young bride.

Director:

Monta Bell (uncredited)

Writers:

John Gilbert (story), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Karl Schneider
Paul Lukas ... Albert - the Baron's Butler
Virginia Bruce ... Anna - Albert's Wife
Hedda Hopper ... Countess De Marnac
Reginald Owen ... Baron 'Nicky' von Burgen
Olga Baclanova ... Baroness Eloise von Burgen
Bodil Rosing ... Sophie - the Cook
Otto Hoffman ... Otto - the Wine Cellar Caretaker
Lucien Littlefield ... Françoise - a Drunken Servant
Marion Lessing ... Antoinette - Maid to the Countess
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Storyline

At the wedding of Albert and Anna, Karl, the new chauffeur, arrives. Albert is the head butler, second generation to the Baron. Karl soon seems out of place as a servant, and Albert tells him so. But Karl is a cad. Whenever he gets the chance, he will try to seduce Anna, who is not wise in the ways of the world. He lies without question if it is to his advantage and charms money out of Sophie, the old cook. He disrupts the household and then blackmails the Baroness to keep from being sacked. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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BACK AGAIN - the Gilbert of Old! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1933 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Der schöne Karl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending had John Gilbert's character drown in a wine vat. After this tested badly, MGM tacked on a new ending. See more »

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Quotes

Albert, the Baron's Butler: Why, you wouldn't think it to look at him now, but, the Baron was a wild one when he was younger.
Karl Schneider: No?
Albert, the Baron's Butler: Oh, he was in the Life Guard and every weekend he filled the house with officers and all of them brought their girls. Well, it got so bad, the Emperor finally stopped it. But, while it lasted, it was a gay, wild time.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music at the wedding
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John Gilbert Talks Down at MGM
16 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Sexy chauffeur John Gilbert (as Karl Schneider) arrives to work at an Austrian estate, during a wedding party for house butler Paul Lukas (as Albert) and pretty maid Virginia Bruce (as Anna). When it's time to kiss the bride, Mr. Gilbert plants a full one on Mr. Bruce's comely lips. Gilbert also reveals he's a lover of lady employers, as wedding guest and past employer Hedda Hopper lets new boss Olga Baclanova (as Eloise von Burgen) know Gilbert is a satisfyingly discreet sex partner. An equal opportunity stud, Gilbert also services cook Bodil Rosing (as Sophie)...

Gilbert really wants to bed Mr. Lukas' beautiful bride. Watch and see if he succeeds… In real life, Gilbert did, and married co-star Virginia Bruce. They look like an attractive couple. Gilbert appeared to be on an upswing, with an assured performance as the film's promiscuous, blackmailing playboy. But, neither the film career nor the marriage proved to be long-lasting. Gilbert, who came up with the original story idea, must have found the enforcement of the "Hays Production Code" unfortunate; it would soon see that films like his "Downstairs" were censored.

******** Downstairs (8/6/32) Monta Bell ~ John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce, Olga Baclanova


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