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Release Date:
8 May 1933 (Denmark) See more »
An amoral chauffeur seeks to seduce a young bride. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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 
Casting by
Benjamin Thau (uncredited)
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

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 »
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A very good film that you won't forget seeing, 7 March 2009
Author: mjr1114 from United States

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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