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Grand Hotel (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 September 1932 (USA)
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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Senf
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Meierheim (as Robert Mc Wade)
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Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
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Pimenov
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Suzette
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Gerstenkorn
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Rohna
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Schweimann
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Storyline

Berlin's plushest, most expensive hotel is the setting where in the words of Dr. Otternschlag "People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.". The doctor is usually drunk so he missed the fact that Baron von Geigern is broke and trying to steal eccentric dancer Grusinskaya's pearls. He ends up stealing her heart instead. Powerful German businessman Preysing brow beats Kringelein, one of his company's lowly bookkeepers but it is the terminally ill Kringelein who holds all the cards in the end. Meanwhile, the Baron also steals the heart of Preysing's mistress, Flaemmchen, but she doesn't end up with either one of them in the end... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Also Known As:

Menschen im Hotel  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,235,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,359,000
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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Adapted from the Broadway play "Grand Hotel" by William Absalom Drake, as translated from the German play "Menschen im Hotel" by Vicki Baum. The original Broadway production opened Nov. 13, 1930 at the National Theatre in New York and ran for 459 performances. Rafaela Ottiano originated her movie role of Suzette in the play. Other opening night cast members (with their character names) included Albert Dekker (The Baron), Sig Ruman (Preysing), Sam Jaffe (Kringelein), Romaine Callender (Otternschlag) and Walter Baldwin (Desk Clerk). See more »

Goofs

Although correctly signed with licence plates starting with an "I" for Berlin, all the cars are right-steered. In Germany they drive on the right (and ever did so), so the wheels should be on the left. See more »

Quotes

Baron Felix von Geigern: [looking down from the sixth-floor balcony over the front desk] You know, I've often wondered what'd happen to that old porter if somebody jumped on him from here.
Flaemmchen: I'm sure I don't know. Why don't you try it and find out?
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Referenced in Lassie (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Wien, du Stadt Meiner Traeueme (Vienna, City of My Dreams)
(uncredited)
By Rudolf Sieczynski
[plays shortly after when John Barrymore is discovered in Greta Garbo's room]
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Dated, melodramatic...and MAGNIFICENT
20 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I've seen "Grand Hotel" at least fifteen times -- more than any other '30s film with the possible exception of two other classics: "King Kong" and Astaire and Rogers' "The Gay Divorcee."

Quite a few others reviewers here have commented negatively on this "creaky" old film. They are correct -- it is -- and yet, who cares? It's utterly wonderful!

The whole cast is superb -- charming, desperate, vulnerable John Barrymore; cynical, sad, appealing Joan Crawford; pathetic, whining, irrepressible Lionel Barrymore; coarse, selfish, all-too-humanly cruel Wallace Beery; and of course, the great Greta Garbo. The supporting cast, led by Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt, are equally good.

Those who criticize Garbo as over-the-top in her portrayal of the prima ballerina are right. She IS over-the-top, AND she is absolutely glorious, whether wallowing in self-pitying, suicidal despair or radiant as the spring with a new love which astonishes and transports her. What a unique, unforgettable screen presence! What a Goddess!

"Grand Hotel" holds this viewer, anyway, entranced from beginning to end. In addition to the superlative acting, the art deco design is stunning and the music always appropriate.

Creaky? You bet. Do they make movies like this anymore? Nope. Do I wish they did? I sure do.


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