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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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Doctor Otternschlag
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Senf - the Porter
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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
Frank Conroy ...
Rohna
Murray Kinnell ...
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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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

11 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Menschen im Hotel  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

Joan Crawford didn't want to make Grand Hotel (1932), mostly because her character mainly wears just one dress in the film. See more »

Goofs

After the Baron asks Flaemmchen for a date, he moves from behind her left shoulder to behind her right shoulder twice. Also, the Baron's cigarette seems to disappear without any indication he put it out. See more »

Quotes

Preysing: I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.148 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op.314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played as background music often
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A true classic with a brand new formula -the all star cast

The idea of a multi-level story peopled by an all star cast was brand new with this feature which deservedly won an Oscar for Best Picture though it received no other nominations. Garbo is marvelous as the world-weary ballerina who finds ill-fated romance and John Barrymore is perfect as the suave Baron. The brilliant supporting performances of a young, fresh Joan Crawford as Flaemchen, the stenographer, and Lionel Barrymore as the dying Kringelein deserved Oscars but the category hadn't been invented yet. The cast works together superbly and the direction moves along at a good pace, giving us both romance and drama in equal doses. The script is excellent and MGM's production values are quite fine. Truly a film classic and a must-see.


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