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Hotel Berlin (1945)

Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Arnim von Dahnwitz
Lisa Dorn
Johannes Koenig
Herman Plottke
Joachim Helm
Baron Von Stetten
Peter Whitney ...
Helene Thimig ...
Frau Sarah Baruch
Major Otto Kauders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Hekren ...
Hotel Guest
Gloria Paythe ...
Woman in Air Raid Shelter
Margaret Story ...
Woman in Air Raid Shelter


Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved with General von Dahnwitz, who is also trying to leave Germany. The hotel is a hotbed of Nazis, refugees, spies and ordinary Germans trying to survive inevitable defeat without getting too involved. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAEL_PEM@aol.com>

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Release Date:

2 March 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Berlin Hotel  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The parting note that von Dahnwitz writes to Fraulein Dorn has two errors: it's in English instead of German, and it's not written in the proper style of German handwriting of that period. See more »


Dr. Martin Richter: Professor, I came here because I need you. You told me to come to you when we were in Dachau.
Johannes Koenig: I do not remember what I said when I was in Dachau. Leave me alone. I'm tired. Go away.
Dr. Martin Richter: Professor, don't you realize. This is the hour we've planned and waited for. Now, we can fight!
Johannes Koenig: Fight? Fight for what? Maybe for the rebirth of Germany? Maybe you still believe there are some good Germans left?
Dr. Martin Richter: Yes.
Johannes Koenig: Amazing. Have you seen them? Where are they? Maybe he's here? Maybe, maybe, maybe in the closet? ...
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Are there no good Germans?
6 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Unusual World War II-era drama set in a Berlin hotel during the closing moments of the war. Unusual because this film presents some Germans as good and tries to separate the Nazi regime from the ordinary population who just tried to survive the madness. Very reminiscent of "Grand Hotel" -- not surprising since the author of the novel upon which the screenplay is based is the same Vicki Baum who wrote "Grand Hotel" and "Weekend at the Waldorf." Characters and sub-plots come and go with a central theme of the search for an escaping prisoner and the moral and physical decay of the Nazi regime. Raymond Massey is quite good as General Arnim von Dahnwitz, an old-school officer who participated in the plot against the Corporal and is offered the honorable way out. Peter Lorre has a brief role but why he was released from prison and other transformations must have been left on the cutting room floor. Made during the war and released after its conclusion, this is an excellent example of propaganda. Viewers are conditioned to the punishment (not justice) of the enemy, fifth columns that would have left the dying Germany to carry on the war from within North America, and the need to build a new Germany when all of the chaos ends. Not a light movie, but one that would serve well in a Film and Political Science course. Recommended.

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