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Grand Hotel -- The classic picture about a group of guests at a posh Berlin hotel who struggle through scandal and heartache. Starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore.
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Release Date:
11 September 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Check Into This Establishment See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Garbo ... Grusinskaya - the Dancer

John Barrymore ... The Baron

Joan Crawford ... Flaemmchen - the Stenographer

Wallace Beery ... General Director Preysing

Lionel Barrymore ... Otto Kringelein

Lewis Stone ... Doctor Otternschlag

Jean Hersholt ... 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

Edwin Maxwell ... Dr. Waitz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Barclay ... Young Girl in Lobby (uncredited)
Max Barwyn ... Hotel Guest / Gambler (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Mary Carlisle ... Mrs. Hoffman - Young Honeymooner (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Wally Dean ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Clerk (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Edmund Goulding ... Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Milton Holmes ... Mr. Hoffman - Young Honeymooner (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Allen Jenkins ... Hotel Meat Packer (uncredited)
Robert Lees ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Gambler (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Hotel Guest / Gambler (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Bartender (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Housekeeper in Room 174 (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Chambermaid in Room 174 (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Nurse Helping Old Lady Into Elevator (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Guest in Bar (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Leo White ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Worker (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
 
Writing credits
Vicki Baum (by)

William Absalom Drake (play "America" version by) (as William A. Drake)

Béla Balázs  uncredited
William Absalom Drake  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Casting by
Benjamin Thau (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Cecil Holland .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Karl Zint .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Archer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
William Riley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Scheving .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Blanche Sewell .... film editor
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Bern .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
112 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S (1965) | Finland:K-16 (1933) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (1933) | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (2012) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2276-R: 13 May 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Vicki Baum's original play opened in Berlin in February, 1930.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The first time the Dancer walks out of her room, her shadow moves according to an obvious moving light, instead the static ones on the ceiling that supposedly are the only ones there.See more »
Quotes:
Grusinskaya:Can you imagine a hundred girls in the ballet school, each thinking she would become the most famous dancer in all the world? I was ambitious then. We were drilled like little soldiers. No rest, no stopping. I was little, slim, but hard as a diamond. Then I became famous and - But why am I telling you all this? Last night, I didn't know you at all. Who are you, really?
Baron Felix von Geigern:What?
Grusinskaya:I don't even know your name.
Baron Felix von Geigern:[laughs] I am Felix Benvenuto Freihern von Geigern. My mother called me "Flix".
Grusinskaya:[joyously] No! Flix! Oh, that's sweet. And how do you live? And what kind of a person are you?
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Kunstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316See more »

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64 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Check Into This Establishment, 9 February 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

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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