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Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Baron
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Lewis Stone ...
Doctor Otternschlag
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Senf - the Porter
Robert McWade ...
Meierheim (as Robert Mc Wade)
Purnell Pratt ...
Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Pimenov
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Suzette
Morgan Wallace ...
Chauffeur
Tully Marshall ...
Gerstenkorn
Frank Conroy ...
Rohna
Murray Kinnell ...
Schweimann
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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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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

The Hollywood premiere of the film promised a performance from Greta Garbo following the film screening. Instead of Garbo, audience members were greeted by her co-star Wallace Beery who appeared on stage in drag. Mimicking Garbo, Beery repeated her famous line, "I want to be alone." The skit was poorly received. See more »

Goofs

When the Baron is discovered murdered, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen very clearly on Mr. Kringelein's and Mr. Preysing's shirts throughout the scene. 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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Wien, du Stadt Meiner Traeueme (Vienna, City of My Dreams)
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By Rudolf Sieczynski
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9 February 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A world-weary prima ballerina, desperate for love. A noble cat thief, desperate for money. A dying clerk, out on a last fling. His industrialist boss, passionate & brutal. A pretty young stenographer, willing to do almost anything to get ahead. A hotel bell captain, anxious to hear about his pregnant wife. And a cynical, war-scarred doctor. Destiny awaits them all in one of Europe's most renowned establishments - Berlin's GRAND HOTEL.

This is considered to be the first `all star' movie. It was certainly MGM's most opulent film up to that time. The studio loaded it with an A List of star performers:

Greta Garbo, uttering her trademark phrase, `I want to be alone.' Radiant in love, one can only imagine the despair that awaits her after the film ends.

John Barrymore, suave, sophisticated & ultimately tragic.

Lionel Barrymore, in a performance that will stay in your memory, slowly dying.

Wallace Beery in a heavy role, all bullying bluff & bluster.

Joan Crawford, tough as nails & good as gold.

Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, Rafaela Ottiano & Ferdinand Gottschalk all lend sterling support.

There was concern that putting so much talent into one film, instead of spreading the stars out over 4 or 5 films, would lose the studio money. Not to worry. It was a great success, financially & critically. Watch how the plot weaves the threads of the characters' lives into a finished tapestry. One of the great movies. Tremendously satisfying.


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