Silent screen star John Gilbert stands out in 'Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume 6.' Warner Archive's new "Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume 6" includes such pre-Code goodies as 1932's "The Wet Parade" and 1934's "Mandalay" and "Massacre." But the pièce de résistance of the set is 1932's delectable melodrama "Downstairs," starring John Gilbert, who also wrote the story. The silent screen star struggled in talkies after the disastrous 1929 melodrama "His Glorious Night," but "Downstairs," in which he gives one of his most daring performances as a charming but manipulative chauffeur, proves that Gilbert had the chops for the sound era.
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