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Writers:
John Gilbert (story)
Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 May 1933 (Denmark) See more »
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At the wedding of Albert and Anna, Karl, the new chauffeur, arrives. Albert is the head butler, second generation to the Baron... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Torben Meyer ... Cafe Waiter (uncredited)
Karen Morley ... Karl's New Employer (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
Nicholas Soussanin ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Monta Bell (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Gilbert (story)

Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) and
Melville Baker (screenplay)

Produced by
Monta Bell .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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77 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
John Gilbert wanted to do this movie so badly he sold the story to MGM for $1.00. Ads for the movie proclaimed "starring Mr. and Mrs. John Gilbert" since the couple was married shortly after the production completed filming.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lullaby (Cradle Song)See more »

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
entertaining drama of below stairs, 30 April 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'Downstairs' is a curio; rarely seen, bombing at the time - possibly because of the change of image of John Gilbert, known as one of the silent screen's great romantic heroes and desperately trying to make good after the disaster of the previous year's 'His Glorious Night'. Here, Karl is an amoral and coarse creation, unfeeling and a louse - and Gilbert plays him brilliantly. A pity then that this film is all but forgotten.

Alongside him in the cast are Paul Lukas (slightly wooden as Albert the butler) and Gilbert's future wife, Virginia Bruce (an excellent performance as Albert's young bride, Anna, who lets her guard down and find she likes it), along with Reginald Owen (still going strong and as effective years later, and pretty good here) and Olga Baclanova (nicely judged as the guilty mistress of the house; this was her first movie after the controversial 'Freaks'), Hedda Hopper (a brief but entertaining appearance as Karl's previous employer), and Bodil Rosing (memorable as the daft ageing cook, Sophie).

'Downstairs', developed into a film from John Gilbert's original story, is a fairly run-of-the-mill story of masters and servants for the most part, but the scenes between Karl and Anna have a raw power that makes the film stand out from others of the period. There's no romance in this servants' hall; everyone is really out for what they can get.



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