Downstairs (MGM, 1932)

Thu Sep 19, 7pm–8:17pm
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Hired by an Austrian nobleman and his wife, an unscrupulous chauffeur proceeds to exploit both his employers upstairs and the servants downstairs. Based on an original story that John Gilbert had been trying to get off the ground since 1927, the film was a conscious effort on the actor’s part to move away from his "Great Lover" image. It also represented a challenge to the widely held view that his talents were not suited to sound pictures. Gilbert made only three more films, including "Queen Christina" with Greta Garbo, but none of them managed to revive his career and he died of a heart attack at the age of 38. 

Preceded by the Laurel & Hardy short "Towed in a Hole" (Hal Roach/MGM, 1932). (21 min, black & white, 35mm).

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