Despite its poor reception in 1932, today Downstairs is often pointed to as John Gilbert’s best talkie and further evidence that his voice was not poor. A look at some key scenes with Virginia Bruce and Paul Lukas, plus just how bad of a guy was Gilbert’s Karl?
Gentleman’s Fate (1931) Starring John Gilbert and Louis Wolheim as Unlikely Brothers
Gentleman’s Fate (1931) is an MGM gangster effort overshadowed by the relationship between the John Gilbert and Louis Wolheim characters. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with good work from Anita Page as well.
First Impressions: King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925)
Thoughts upon watching King Vidor’s 1925 epic of love and war, The Big Parade, for the first time. The MGM classic stars John Gilbert and Renee Adoree with Karl Dane and Tom O’Brien.
In Brief: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Does Impressions in Our Modern Maidens (1929)
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. makes Our Modern Maidens (1929) more memorable than it would have been otherwise through a series of impersonations of John Barrymore, John Gilbert and his own father, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
John Gilbert by Tammy Stone
A biography of silent star John Gilbert from his roots in show business to his beginnings in silent film. His rise to stardom; Garbo; his fade with talkies.