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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | October 1945 (USA)
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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Bunny Smith
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Chip Collyer
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Captain James Hollis
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Martin X. Edley
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Oliver Webson
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Randy Morton
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Cynthia Drew
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Henry Burton
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Juanita
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Mr. Jessup
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Stevens
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Bey of Aribajan
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Emile
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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 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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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FORTY-EIGHT EXPLOSIVE HOURS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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October 1945 (USA)  »

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Weekend at the Waldorf  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'The first "on location" movie filmed outside the Hollywood studios sets' according to a plaque at the Waldorf Astoria. The movie continually plays on a monitor near the registration desk at the Waldorf. See more »

Goofs

Before Chip goes to sleep, he pushes chairs against the door. Later, Irene pushes the door open about 8 inches and gives up. But in the morning, the chairs are back against the door, when they should be 8 inches away! See more »

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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 »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Guadalajara
(1937)
Written by Pepe Guízar (as Pepe Guizar)
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (uncredited) and sung by Lina Romay (uncredited)
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A change in perspective
13 November 2000 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

As in many movies made toward the end of World War Two, this film deals with some of the unpleasant effects on the personalities of those veterans who were part to the fighting. In this case, Captain James Hollis (Van Johnson) is amalgam of the troubled soldier: he needs an operation because of a fragment of shrapnel near his heart, he has no family, his friends were all killed in the war, and he is suffering from battle fatigue. This is all complicated in that he is seen as not having the "will to live." He is a hero looking for a long rest, hounded by a war correspondent. These images are quite different from those one finds in the propaganda films of 1940-1943. With victory in sight in 1945, the walking wounded needed help since battle shock was being recognized as a malady of warfare. As a film this is a fairly classy production, with good writing and a host of respectable actors in solid roles. Best of all, the film contrasts glamour on the homefront with the agony of soldiering. Week-ends may be short, but the lasting effect of this "Week-end at the Waldorf" echoes through the decades.


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