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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:
Dated, melodramatic...and MAGNIFICENT See more (102 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:
Wallace Beery was originally upset at being cast as Preysing, believing that playing an amoral business tycoon would wreck his image, and tried to stage a "walkout" in protest. When he relented, he reportedly decided to steal as much of the show as possible and constantly tried to upstage the other stars in the film.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Divine Garbo (1990) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soldier on the ShelfSee more »

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93 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Dated, melodramatic...and MAGNIFICENT, 20 June 2002
Author: Michael Stephens from Richmond, CA

I've seen "Grand Hotel" at least fifteen times -- more than any other '30s film with the possible exception of two other classics: "King Kong" and Astaire and Rogers' "The Gay Divorcee."

Quite a few others reviewers here have commented negatively on this "creaky" old film. They are correct -- it is -- and yet, who cares? It's utterly wonderful!

The whole cast is superb -- charming, desperate, vulnerable John Barrymore; cynical, sad, appealing Joan Crawford; pathetic, whining, irrepressible Lionel Barrymore; coarse, selfish, all-too-humanly cruel Wallace Beery; and of course, the great Greta Garbo. The supporting cast, led by Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt, are equally good.

Those who criticize Garbo as over-the-top in her portrayal of the prima ballerina are right. She IS over-the-top, AND she is absolutely glorious, whether wallowing in self-pitying, suicidal despair or radiant as the spring with a new love which astonishes and transports her. What a unique, unforgettable screen presence! What a Goddess!

"Grand Hotel" holds this viewer, anyway, entranced from beginning to end. In addition to the superlative acting, the art deco design is stunning and the music always appropriate.

Creaky? You bet. Do they make movies like this anymore? Nope. Do I wish they did? I sure do.

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