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Hotel Berlin (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 2 March 1945 (USA)
Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved ... See full summary »

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Peter Godfrey

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Vicki Baum (novel), Jo Pagano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Faye Emerson ... Tillie Weiler
Helmut Dantine ... Martin Richter
Raymond Massey ... Arnim von Dahnwitz
Andrea King ... Lisa Dorn
Peter Lorre ... Johannes Koenig
Alan Hale ... Herman Plottke
George Coulouris ... Commissioner Joachim Helm
Henry Daniell ... Baron Von Stetten
Peter Whitney ... Heinrichs
Helene Thimig ... Frau Sarah Baruch
Steven Geray ... Kleibert
Kurt Kreuger ... Major Otto Kauders
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Storyline

Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved with General von Dahnwitz, who is also trying to leave Germany. The hotel is a hotbed of Nazis, refugees, spies and ordinary Germans trying to survive inevitable defeat without getting too involved. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAEL_PEM@aol.com>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Berlin '43 See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Sunday 11 November 1956 on WABD (Channel 5); it first aired in Boston Saturday 12 January 1957 on WBZ (Channel 4), in San Antonio Tuesday 19 February 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Chicago Sunday 24 February 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), in Salt Lake City Monday 25 March 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Portland OR Sunday 31 March 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Bloomington IN Wednesday 3 April 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Sunday 28 April 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Walter Baumler: There are many like her in Germany. Yesterday she was a NAZI, today she says she isn't. Mark it, if a man like you who knows these people so well can still be deceived, think of the danger to those who don't have your experience. I know what's happened to you. Yep. You were tricked by your decency, by your humanity. You couldn't believe anyone capable of such deceit. But, you've got to realize, NAZIs never change.
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a wartime German "Grand Hotel" - by the same author
2 July 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Like "Grand Hotel," "Hotel Berlin" shows the lives of various guests and workers at a hotel at a specific point in time. This point in time is toward the end of the war, when Germany was obviously losing.

Raymond Massey plays General Arnim von Dahnwitz, who is given the chance to commit suicide after an attempt on Hitler's life fails. He's in love with an actress, Lisa Dorn (Andrea King), who is a collaborator but, not sure where she's going to end up when the war ends, play both sides. In fact, an escaped prisoner (Helmut Dantine) hides in her room. He realizes he's been allowed to escape to lead the Germans to the underground.

Tillie (Faye Emerson), the "hotel hostess" is an informant but plays as many sides as she can to get a new pair of shoes. She was in love with a Jewish man, Max, presumed dead, and his mother comes to her for help getting some pain medicine for her failing husband. It's then that she learns that Max is alive, and her attitude undergoes a change.

Peter Lorre has a small role, that of a scientist who was imprisoned and then released (with no explanation for the audience) and has become an alcoholic.

This film was released after the war, and it's a little more interesting than many propaganda films in that it shows the state of the German people, and separation from the beliefs of Hitler, even among officers. It's a time of confusion for a falling Germany.

The acting is good, particularly from Faye Emerson as Tillie and Raymond Massey as the doomed General.

Worth seeing, not your typical propaganda film.


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