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October 1945 (USA) See more »
When Strangers Meet -- and Love -- Things Are Bound to Happen! See more »
Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Irene Malvern

Lana Turner ... Bunny Smith

Walter Pidgeon ... Chip Collyer

Van Johnson ... Captain James Hollis

Edward Arnold ... Martin X. Edley

Keenan Wynn ... Oliver Webson
Robert Benchley ... Randy Morton

Phyllis Thaxter ... Cynthia Drew

Leon Ames ... Henry Burton
Lina Romay ... Juanita
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Jessup
Porter Hall ... Stevens
George Zucco ... Bey of Aribajan

Miles Mander ... British Secretary
Frank Puglia ... Emile
Michael Kirby ... Ensign John Rand
Cora Sue Collins ... Jane Rand
Warner Anderson ... Dr. Robert Campbell
Rosemary DeCamp ... Anna
Jacqueline deWit ... Kate Douglas
Charles C. Wilson ... Hi Johns (as Charles Wilson)
Irving Bacon ... Sam Skelly
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. H. Davenport Drew
Moroni Olsen ... House Detective Blake
William Halligan ... Chief Jennings
Bob Graham ... Singer

John Wengraf ... Alex
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat and his orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xavier Cugat ... Orchestra Leader
Richard Abbott ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jean Acker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Adams ... Uncle (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Anna's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Carmen Beretta ... Guest (uncredited)
Velma Berg ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Fairfax Burger ... Subordinate (uncredited)
Jeanne Carpenter ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ken Carpenter ... Ken Carpenter - Starlight Roof Announcer (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Night Maid (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Cashier (uncredited)
Rita Claire ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jimmy Clark ... Bellboy (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Sally Conlin ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
David Cota ... Hot Buns Boy (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Bell Captain (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joan Cunningham ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Cutler ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Marjorie Davies ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
George Davis ... Asian Secretary (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... First Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Nadine Dennis ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Asian Servant (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Assistant to the Florist (uncredited)
Nancy Evans ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Pianist at Party (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Hotel Guest / Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Usher (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Findlay ... Turkish Coffee Girl (uncredited)
Hazel Flint ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wedding Reception Guest / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Joe - Chip's Barber (uncredited)
Dick French ... Clerk (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Starlight Roof Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Barber (uncredited)
Mona Gitterman ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Minor Role (uncredited)
June Glory ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Richard Glynn ... Youngster (uncredited)
Albert Godderis ... Wine Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Arlene Gray ... Youngster (uncredited)
Nancy Hale ... Dancer (uncredited)
Will Hall ... Cassidy - Doorman (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Hotel Guest Entering Elevator (uncredited)
Carey Harrison ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jamiel Hasson ... Arab Servant (uncredited)
Don Hayden ... Bellboy (uncredited)
George Herndon ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Dick Hirbe ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Rita Holland ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
W.J. Holmes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gloria Hope ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
David S. Horsley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ann Hunter ... Information Desk Attendant (uncredited)
Virginia Hunter ... Dancer in Starlight Room (uncredited)
Mary Icide ... Elevator Girl (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)
Evelyn Janes ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Betty Jaynes ... Wedding Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Alice Keating ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edward Kilroy ... Assistant (uncredited)
Ethel King ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Hope Landin ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Barber (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... The Woman (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Hotel Staffer (uncredited)
Shirley Lew ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)
Karen Lind ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Mary Lord ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Lorraine ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Billy Louie ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Jack Luden ... Clerk (uncredited)
Charles Madrin ... Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Mary Lee Martin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harriet Matthews ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

May McAvoy ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Florist (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Helen McLeod ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Hercules Mendez ... Arab Servant (uncredited)
Diane Meredith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chef Milani ... Chef (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Sandra Morgan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Cashier (uncredited)
Marianne Mosner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tim Murdock ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Nash ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ann Nelson ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Roger Neury ... Maitre d'hotel (uncredited)
Hazard Newsberry ... Doorman (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
George Peters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter at Wedding / Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Tandra Quinn ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Usher (uncredited)
Paula Ray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Hilda Rhodes ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Trudy Rose ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Fuad R. Saadeh ... Asian Servant (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Attendant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Oasis Diner (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Doorman (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Mel Shubert ... Clerk (uncredited)
Darlene Smith ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Literary Type (uncredited)
Florence Stephens ... Woman Speaking to Irene (uncredited)
Cedric Stevens ... Attendant (uncredited)
Walter Stone ... Dancer in Starlight Room (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Photographer (uncredited)
Joan Thorsen ... Smartly Dressed Woman (uncredited)
Joyce Tucker ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Mitzie Uehlien ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)
Alice Wallace ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Bunny Waters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kitty Watson ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
Sam Spewack (screen play) and
Bella Spewack (screen play)

Guy Bolton (adaptation)

Vicki Baum (suggested by a play by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Johnny Green (music score by)
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Lewis .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Bonar .... associate set decorator
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Charles E. Wallace .... unit mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... camera operator: matte paintings (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Glassberg .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Marion Herwood Keyes .... associate costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... orchestrator
Johnny Green .... musical director
Johnny Green .... musical supervisor
Kay Thompson .... choral arrangement
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Edward Baravalle .... music mixer (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Pete Decker .... music mixer (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ted Saucier .... technical advisor
Charles Walters .... dance director
Alan Currier .... lead male dancer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
130 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10800) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Sixth largest grossing film of 1945.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Mrs. H. Davenport Drew:Think? What's there to think about on your wedding day? There'll be time enough afterward.See more »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Genial Reshaping of "Grand Hotel"; Walter Pideon Dominates, 23 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is my favorite wartime satire-comedy for three reasons. One is the towering performance by Walter Pigeon as the war correspondent Chip Collyer who falls in love with a lovely actress; the second is the setting in the world's first self-contained hotel-residence center, the twin-towered Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, known all over the world by its single initial "W"; the third is because it is a very United States' adaptation of Vicki Baum's "Grand Hotel", and as a writer, its adaptation problem has always interested me. The second film is related to the film much as "Marlowe" is related to the novel "The Little Sister". Angst, heavy drama and most of the shadows were removed; what was left was a genial, sometimes thoughtful and I assert an interesting set of four major inter-twined story-lines. They have, I suggest, a common theme, namely "one must find a reason to enjoy life, even if it takes risks, honesty and perseverance." One story line involved a war correspondent and an actress who mistakes him for the Jewel thief she has been expecting, her maid's errant boyfriend; a second focused on a soldier facing a 50-50 life-death operation and the pretty secretary he meets who is looking for a rich husband, not him; third there was the young reporter seeking an interviews with a visiting sheik who is shunted by the war correspondent into exposing a fraudulent entrepreneur; and fourth there was the shady entrepreneur trying to steal millions from the sheik, and hire the secretary. All four main protagonists of the story lines were missing something in their lives, and trying to understand how to deal with what they lacked--by denial, action, indirect efforts, etc. Within their stories, there move two rich about-to-be-marrieds, the actress's maid and her boyfriend (whom we never meet), band-leader Xavier Cugat who is appearing at the hotel and agrees to play a song written by the soldier's dead comrade, the war correspondent's boss, a man from a State Department office also wooing the sheik, and the hotel staff--especially the banks of human female telephone operators and the stenographers. The B/W cinematography by Robert H. Planck is very good, and nearly all shot indoors; music was provided by Johnny Green and the Cugat band. Veteran Robert Z. Leonard directed, and somehow managed to give the film a consistent and lucid style all its own, no mean feat by my standards. The script altering the much darker play "Grand Hotel" was adapted by Guy Bolton and written by Sam and Sella Spewack. The sound by Douglas Shearer is remarkably adroit at all points. Art direction was performed by Daniel B. Cathcart and legendary Cedric Gibbons, with set decorations by Edwin B. Willis and Jack Bonar. Irene and Marion Herwood Keyes provided the many costumes. In the cast, Pigeon deserved an award for his work as the war correspondent, and Edward Arnold did a solid job as the shady promoter. Van Johnson played the soldier opposite Lana Turner, both being adequately cast; the Shiekh was George Zucco, the actress attractive Ginger Rogers, the maid Rosemary De Camp with a German accent. Keenan Wynn was lively as the young reporter, Robert Benchley provided low-key comedy and a narration here and there, Phyllis Thaxter was the nervous bride, Leon Ames was the actress's manager, with Jacqueline De Witt, Warner Anderson and Miles Mander in good roles also, along with the volatile Cugat. The film cannot really be compared to its illustrious half-brother; this narrative in my view was supposed to be and is a genial, only-slightly-cynical wartime film that extracted some people from the recent war and showed them trying to find a strong personal reason for living--whether as in the solider's case for great reasons or in the actress's case because she had put off thinking of herself for far too long. It is a charming, discursive and attractive project, in my estimation; and it could be remade very well, if the right leads could perhaps be found and the project given a third life in another great hostelry.

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