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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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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 ...
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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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Drama | Romance

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11 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Menschen im Hotel  »

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$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

Buster Keaton was first choice to play the Lionel Barrymore part. See more »

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When Mr. Kringelein drunkenly slams his door shut, the wall visibly shakes. See more »

Quotes

Grusinskaya: I want to be alone...
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Featured in Biography: The Barrymores (2002) See more »

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Gschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Grusinskaya and company are dashing to the theater
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Lavish Early-Era Oscar-Winning Soap Opera
6 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A drunk doctor, an eccentric dancer, a high-class thief, a businessman, his mistress and a terminally-ill bookkeeper cross paths in "Grand Hotel", the Best Picture Oscar winner from 1932. One of the first true soap operas ever produced by Hollywood follows an array of colorful characters as they all stay at a luxury hotel in 1930s Germany. Sub-stories, amazing performances and a clever screenplay keep this very large film above water. The film is also a strange footnote in Oscar history as it was only nominated for Best Picture and won that honor. Edmund Goulding became only the second of three people to direct a Best Picture winner and not be nominated himself (William A. Wellman for "Wings" in 1928 and Bruce Beresford for "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1989 are the only other two). The all-star cast acts as an ensemble with John and Lionel Barrymore making the biggest impressions on the audience. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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