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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 
 
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
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
John Gilbert Talks Down at MGM, 16 October 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

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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