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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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General Director Preysing
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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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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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11 September 1932 (USA)  »

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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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Greta Garbo turned down the role not because she refused to share the spotlight, but because she believed that at 27 she was too old to play a prima ballerina. See more »

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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

Grusinskaya: Who are you?
Baron Felix von Geigern: Someone who could love you, that's all. Someone who's forgotten everything else but you.
Grusinskaya: You could love me?
Baron Felix von Geigern: I've never seen anything in my life as beautiful as you are.
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Soundtracks

Jeg Elsker Dig (Ich Liebe Dich)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
German lyricist unknown
Sung a bit by Greta Garbo (dubbed by Mildred Shay) in German
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Impressive Star Power
6 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The impressive array of stars is what makes "Grand Hotel" worth watching. It's also a pretty good feat of writing to create enough room for Garbo, Crawford, the Barrymores, and Beery all to operate. Each of them gets good characters and plenty of screen time in which to perform. The plot is not really that great, but it is written so as to bring all of these characters together in one place.

Which of the stars gives the best performance probably depends on which character you like the best. They all have their own story lines, and while much of the plot is rather implausible, the acting is such that you don't notice it that much most of the time. The ways that the characters react and change according to circumstances lets you see some fine performers show what they can do.

While it may be old-fashioned now in a number of respects, it's still a good film, and a rare chance to see this many film greats all at once.


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