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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:
She wanted to be alone See more (103 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
John Barrymore was so thrilled at the prospect of appearing in the film with Greta Garbo that he accepted a three picture deal with MGM.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Mr. Kringelein drunkenly slams his door shut, the wall visibly shakes.See more »
Quotes:
[to Preysing, after he tries to get 'familiar' with her by asking her to call him by his first name]
Flaemmchen:You know I always say that nothing should be left hanging over. And names are like that. Suppose I met you next year and said, 'How do you do Mr. Preysing?' And you said, 'That's the young lady who was my secretary in Manchester.' That's all quite propper. But supposing I saw you and yelled 'Hi baby. Remember Manchester.'
[he laughs]
Flaemmchen:Yeah, and you were with your wife. How would you like that?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Torchwood: Combat (#1.11)" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325See more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
She wanted to be alone, 21 September 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Vicky Baum's novel "Menschen I'm Hotel" serves as the basis for this 1932 film that was a vehicle for Greta Garbo. "Grand Hotel", as directed by Edmund Golding, was a magnificent film that had a lot of first class stars of the era in prominent roles. In fact, this seems to be one of the first films to have relied in the prominent "names" it gathered to portray the different characters in the movie.

By today's standards, the film is dated, but for a discriminating film fan, "Grand Hotel" is a classic because of the star turns one witnesses. Also, today's fans have to make concessions for the style of acting that was prevalent at the time. The movies have begun "talking" not long before this film was made and the stars of those silents were still doing their acting in front of the camera as though no one was going to hear them talk. In fact, most of the complaints in comments submitted to this forum would have been different if this was 1932 and the film had just come out.

The best advice for anyone new to this film is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the trials and tribulations of the people seen at Berlin's Grand Hotel.

The biggest surprise of the film is the shortness of Greta Garbo presence in the film, in which for some unknown reason, she looms large above the rest of the players. As the Russian ballerina Grusinskaya, Ms. Garbo played one of the best characters of her career. Her way of acting is still imbued with what was expected of her.

John Barrymore as the Baron Von Geigern, the impoverished nobleman, is key to the story. The moment he meets the great Grusinskaya, he is lost forever. Lionel Barrymore is excellent as the poor Otto Kringelein, who thinks he is going to die real soon. Joan Crawford, is the stenographer Flaemmchen who seems to arise passion among all the men she meets. Ms. Crawford does excellent work in a role she discarded later on in favor of more dramatic appearances.

What makes "Grand Hotel" the timeless classic it became is the magnificent camera work by William H. Daniels, a man who knew how to get the best out of Greta Garbo in their many films together. Also the music which is from Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" serves as a nice distraction in the background.

The most famous phrase in the film "I want to be alone", seems prophetic in retrospect as the divine Garbo had about eight more years in the movies.

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