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||IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 from 1,292 votes
||Release: 8 May 1933 (Denmark) /
||Director: Monta Bell,
||Stars: Bodil Rosing, Hedda Hopper, John Gilbert, Lucien Littlefield, Marion Lessing, Olga Baclanova, Otto Hoffman, Paul Lukas, Reginald Owen, Virginia Bruce
||Synopsis: 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 <[email protected]>
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"Downstairs" features a great cast (John Gilbert, Virginia Bruce, Paul
Lukas) and many memorable, tension-filled scenes. Its plot is a strange
combination of old-fashioned class-conflict melodrama (servants' lives
compared to the aristocracy's) and sexual satire. I think it has held
up well for its age, undoubtedly because it was a pre-code movie and
could deal with subjects which only two years later were taboo.
This film and The Big Parade are my two favorite John Gilbert films. He
was an under-rated actor, very attractive, polished, but with a sharp
edge of naughtiness. His voice was quite pleasant and intriguing, only
slightly nasal, but you rarely notice that. He obviously had training
to lower his voice and make it more cultured, just like all the actors
did who crossed over from silents to talkies. However his battles with
Louis B and his declining health limited his roles soon after
Downstairs to B pictures.
The most dramatic scene in the film however belongs not to John
Gilbert, but to Virginia Bruce, whom I must confess is not a favorite
of mine. After being seduced by John Gilbert's character she boldly and
passionately tells her husband (Lukas) off and insults his lovemaking
in comparison. Wow-sa for 1932! No wonder TCM showcased this scene in
the pre-code movies special a few months back. However the TCM special
didn't lay the foundation for the scene, because if we had it we would
have naturally sympathized with the husband much more than the seducer
or the wife!
Watch Downstairs if you enjoy the saucy John Gilbert or if you like
pre-code movies. You'll enjoy it.
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, Hedda Hopper
, John Gilbert
, Lucien Littlefield
, Marion Lessing
, Olga Baclanova
, Otto Hoffman
, Paul Lukas
, Reginald Owen
, Virginia Bruce
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