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Writers:
John Gilbert (story)
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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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good story by J Gilbert, great ensemble cast See more (15 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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77 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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 »
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Du, Du Liegst Mir im HerzenSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
good story by J Gilbert, great ensemble cast, 15 January 2009
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

"Downstairs" opens with the wedding of servants Albert (Paul Lukas) and his new wife Anna (Virginia Bruce). The story was written by, and stars, John Gilbert as Karl Schneider, the chauffeur who never stays at one plays too long. We learn at the wedding that he had been previously employed by "the Countess" (Hedda Hopper, in a small part). Throw in Reginald Owen as "the Baron" and you've got a story about the class differences, love, deceit, and intrigue, similar to the British series "Upstairs, Downstairs". Karl, the chauffeur, starts out as a suave, charming guy, but we quickly learn he isn't such a nice guy. There's also an interesting mix of accents here. Paul Lukas and "the Baroness" (Olga Baclanova) both have strong Hungarian accents. Reginald Owen is quite British, and both Gilbert and Bruce have pretty plain, flat American accents. Good story, good acting. Funny scene with Francoise, the drunk servant. Too bad Gilbert died so young - it all seemed to go downhill when he was dumped by Greta Garbo.

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