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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  October 1945 (USA)
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Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunny Smith
Chip Collyer
Captain James Hollis
Martin X. Edley
Oliver Webson
Robert Benchley ...
Randy Morton
Cynthia Drew
Henry Burton
Lina Romay ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Jessup
Porter Hall ...
George Zucco ...
Bey of Aribajan
British Secretary
Frank Puglia ...


Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an operation he'll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer; a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man's dealing with a foreign potentate. And it all happens in the opulent, grandiose New York landmark hotel as a sort of tongue-in-cheek take-off on the classic movie Grand Hotel. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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Release Date:

October 1945 (USA)  »

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Weekend at the Waldorf  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sixth largest grossing film of 1945. See more »


While Chip and Irene argue at the breakfast table in her room, Chip is shown putting butter or jam on his toast with a knife in his right hand. In the next shot, Chip has his right hand in his pocket. See more »


Mrs. H. Davenport Drew: Think? What's there to think about on your wedding day? There'll be time enough afterward.
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During the opening credits the prinipal roles were credited as the character's name and occupation. See more »


Version of Menschen im Hotel (1959) See more »


I've Got You Under My Skin
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Written by Cole Porter
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Despite being a bit derivative, it's awfully entertaining
3 May 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a reworking of the plot from the magnificent GRAND HOTEL (1932). While both films were made by MGM, it really isn't fair to compare them, as there were many differences between them (all the many plots were changed or enormously reworked). Plus, GRAND HOTEL was so perfect that any film compared to it will no doubt be seen as a disappointment--but WEEKEND AT THE WALDORF was anything but a disappointment. There was enough fresh and new plot as well as excellence all around that I strongly advise viewers to watch them both and consider each a unique viewing experience.

While Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold and Lana Turner (among others) can't quite compare to the cast of GRAND HOTEL, this is still an amazing lineup of stars--even for the star-laden MGM. Plus, all the stars were at their best--thanks, in part, to exceptional writing and slick production values. Each of the subplots worked very well--particularly the one with Rogers and Pidgeon, as it made me laugh out loud many times! I could explain all the plots and critique each one, but other reviewers have already done this. The bottom line is that this film exudes quality and is highly entertaining. By the time the film is completed, you will no doubt feel quite content with the resolution of the film.

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