The Girl Downstairs (1938)

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A wealthy playboy surreptitiously romances a scullery maid to gain access to her mistress with whom he is in love, but doesn't count on the maid falling in love with him.


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  • Franciska Gaal and Franchot Tone in The Girl Downstairs (1938)
  • Walter Connolly and Rita Johnson in The Girl Downstairs (1938)
  • Franciska Gaal and Franklin Pangborn in The Girl Downstairs (1938)
  • Franciska Gaal and Franchot Tone in The Girl Downstairs (1938)
  • Franciska Gaal and Franchot Tone in The Girl Downstairs (1938)
  • Walter Connolly and Rita Johnson in The Girl Downstairs (1938)

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16 May 2013 | duganek
Hollywood remake of a darker German film
Franciska Gaal came to stardom in Europe for her portrayal of Katharina in a much darker though no less romantic German film called Katharina Die Letzte -- Catherine the Last (a pun on Catherine the First, Empress of all the Russias). In the German version, Gaal as the schlub of a scullery wench is much dirtier, more clumsy, and totally believable as an overlooked bumpkin skivvy. Her metamorphosis through loving the blackguard cad is, therefore, more amazing and heartrending. Dear Franchot Tone is hardly believable as a immoral seducer, out to marry an heiress only for her money and willing to betray the innocent country girl to obtain his black ends. His German counterpart oozes villainy and smarminess, forced by Katherina's utter belief in his goodness to mend his ways until the ultimate scene. All the same jokes are there in the Hollywood version, scene for scene, but the morphing of the villain into a hero in the German version is what makes that film an exalting and memorable experience, traveling from dark cynicism to -- yes -- a happy Hollywood ending!

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