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Grand Hotel -- A drama dealing with the interpersonal relationships of a variety ofpeople living in a Berlin hotel.
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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:
The Last Days of Weimar See more (106 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:
Irving Thalberg originally wanted his wife Norma Shearer to play the role of Flaemmchen. However, she received a lot of fan mail in which fans discouraged her to take the role, after which she refused the part.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Baron is stealing Grusinskaya's pearls from her trunk, they can clearly be seen as a very long strand of large pearls. But later when he pulls them out of his pocket to hand back to her, the pearls are small and on a shorter strand.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Otternschlag:Believe me, Mr. Kringelein, a man who is not with a woman is a dead man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Suite Dreams (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Love's Dream after the BallSee more »

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39 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The Last Days of Weimar, 27 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It's interesting that the Best Picture of the year before Hitler came to power in Germany, set in Germany, made no mention of the political situation in the country at the time. There was mention of the Depression Germany and the rest of the world was in and all five of the principal players were affected by it, one way or another. John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Wallace Beery, and Joan Crawford all check into the Grand Hotel one day and their lives are never the same.

Greta Garbo is the temperamental Russian ballerina Grusinskaya and her artistic tantrums are getting less and less tolerable in many ways because of the Depression. John Barrymore is the aristocrat now living in genteel poverty. His world ended with World War I, but the Depression reduced him to being a sneak thief. Lionel Barrymore is the terminally ill bookkeeper who now just wants to spend his last days living it up. He's just going to ignore the Depression. Wallace Beery is the Prussian industrialist who's used to high living having married the boss's daughter, but his firm as so many others is about to go under unless he can pull off a merger. Lionel Barrymore is one of hundreds who work for him and know what an extremely little man he is, that Beery is really lacking in any real ability for business. Finally there's Joan Crawford who's a working class girl, hired as a stenographer by Beery who has other things on his mind for Crawford.

Whether in Germany or America Joan Crawford is the eternal shop girl. To her credit she does not attempt any kind of a Teutonic accent and her performance rings true. This is in complete contrast to Susan and God where she was consciously trying to imitate Gertrude Lawrence from the stage. This was the Depression in America too and many could identify with her.

No one epitomized class and old world elegance like John Barrymore, he was not better on film than here in Grand Hotel. He hates the life that poverty has reduced him to. Using his old world charm as a facade for being a thief tears him inside. Meeting Greta Garbo gives him a last chance at redeeming his life.

Garbo's performance is one of her best as well. I'm not sure any other actress could have made you sympathize with the temperamental ballerina. In the hands of anyone less skilled, the audience would have sympathized with the management of her ballet company who want to can her. When John Barrymore enters her life he's like the audience she entertained over the years rolled up in one person who still cares about her the individual. It's a last chance for happiness for her as well.

Wallace Beery had a funny thing not happened to him in Grand Hotel which I won't reveal might have been quite comfortable with the regime to come in Germany. Beery is the only one in the film to attempt any kind of Germanic speech and he does succeed in his portrayal of the hateful industrialist Preysing.

My favorite in Grand Hotel has always been Lionel Barrymore. Lionel may very well have been the most talented in the Barrymore family. Playing the gentle, terminally ill Kringelein is light years different from Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life or Captain Disko Troup in Captains Courageous. Three very different roles yet Lionel Barrymore imprints his personality on every one. A meek little man, he's got courage enough now, courage that comes when you have absolutely nothing to lose.

Grand Hotel is now 75 years old. The style of acting you see here is old fashioned indeed, no one could remake Grand Hotel today in the same style. It's melodramatic, but it works. It's a fascinating look into the last days of the Weimar Republic as seen from the balcony of a suite at the Grand Hotel in Berlin.

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