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Downstairs (1932)

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

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(story), (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Albert, the Baron's Butler
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Anna, Albert's Wife
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Countess De Marnac
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Baron 'Nicky' von Burgen
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Baroness Eloise von Burgen
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Sophie, the Cook
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Otto, the Wine Cellar Caretaker
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Françoise, a Drunken Servant
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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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Drama | Romance

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8 May 1933 (Denmark)  »

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Der schöne Karl  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although characters mention Paris, Vienna, Monte Carlo, and Berlin, the country this story is set in is never mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Karl Schneider: They do tickle, don't they?
Anna, Albert's Wife: What does?
Karl Schneider: Albert's sideburns!
[both laugh giddily]
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Lullaby (Cradle Song)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played as background music when Karl carries a sleeping Anna to bed
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A very good film that you won't forget seeing
7 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is true pre-code. Great acting by John Gilbert, he plays the character believably, not over the top, either. I saw this film only once about 8 years ago, and I never forgot its name or the desire to have it either on tape or on DVD. This was before actors played against type and got away with it. Mr. Gilbert did this in this movie and did it greatly, it's a shame the movie did not fare well with the audience of its time. They missed out on a gem. Thank the Lord there's TCM to bring such types of movies to the viewing area, at least, until they do become available for purchase. If you get the chance to see this, it won't be a waste of your time.


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