Girl Downstairs, The (1938): Taurog’s Romantic Comedy,

The Girl Downstairs is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Franciska Gaal, Franchot Tone and Walter Connolly.

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It is a remake of the 1936 Austrian film Catherine the Last directed by Henry Koster, which had been a major hit for Gaal.

This was Franciska Gaal’s third appearance in American films, and her first for MGM.

It also was her final American film before returning to Hungary in 1940.

Wealthy playboy Paul Wagner wants to romance Rosalind Brown, but her father does not allow it. As a result, Paul uses a maid to get access to Rosalind, however the maid falls in love with him.

Franciska Gaal as Katerina Linz
Franchot Tone as Paul Wagner
Walter Connolly as Mr. Brown
Reginald Gardiner as Willie
Rita Johnson as Rosalind Brown
Reginald Owen as Charlie Grump
Franklin Pangborn as Adolf Pumpfel
Robert Coote as Karl, Paul’s Butler
Barnett Parker as Hugo, the Butler
James B. Carson as Rudolph
Billy Gilbert as Garage Proprietor


Directed by Norman Taurog
Screenplay by Harold Goldman, Felix Jackson, Karl Noti, based on a short story by Sándor Hunyady
Produced by Harry Rapf
Cinematography Clyde De Vinna
Edited by Elmo Veron
Music by William Axt

Production company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Distributed by Loew’s Inc.

Release date: 23 December 1938

Running time: 77 min


TCM showed this movie on Sep 14, 2021.