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October 1945 (USA) See more »
When Strangers Meet -- and Love -- Things Are Bound to Happen! See more »
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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
Eddie 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
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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The ensemble cast never actually all appeared together.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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One Elegant Hotel Where Everyone Wants To Stay, 30 June 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In many ways Weekend At The Waldorf as a remake for Grand Hotel simply doesn't work. It certainly couldn't have worked at all as a melodrama the way the original was. Remember Grand Hotel was set in Weimar Republic Germany, a time that was most negative, the film came out just before Hitler took power in Germany. Many of the elements of Nazism are to be found in the original, a very pessimistic work.

1945 however was one of the most optimistic times that America ever saw. When the film was released World War II was won in both theaters, the troops were coming home, the Cold War hadn't yet started. You couldn't make a film like Grand Hotel remade to that time in America without changing the plot to have the audience accept it.

So a more optimistic Grand Hotel was done with Weekend At The Waldorf and the parts played by John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Wallace Beery, and Joan Crawford were done in this version by Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Ginger Rogers, Edward Arnold, and Lana Turner. Some of those cast names should tell you right away this will be a much lighter film.

The bittersweet interlude between John Barrymore and Greta Garbo becomes a romantic comedy between war correspondent Walter Pidgeon and movie star Ginger Rogers. She's stopping at the Waldorf on a tour and ready to start a new film, Pidgeon just back from covering the war is looking for some peace and quiet. But his reporter's instincts are aroused with the presence of crooked industrialist Edward Arnold at the hotel and trying to sneak into Arnold's room, he mistakenly is smuggled into Rogers's room in a serving cart.

Arnold is up to no good, he's about to put over a sweet deal with visiting oil sheik George Zucco. He needs a stenographer so the hotel sends up Lana Turner, but she impresses Arnold with more than her ability with shorthand.

Turner's a girl whose been done wrong in her life and she's determined to get ahead, no matter what. Even the presence of flier Van Johnson in the hotel who's about to have a delicate operation to remove some shrapnel near his heart, an operation which could kill him and whom she falls for doesn't deter her from making the play for Arnold.

That's not as gimmicky as it sounds. President Andrew Jackson carried around a bullet in his cheat because doctors would not risk an operation at first. He did it for about 20 years. So the writers were on solid ground with Johnson's plight. Zucco's casting as an oil rich Arab sheik, borrowed quite liberally from King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabis whom FDR visited on the way back from Yalta was also certainly a harbinger of things to come.

Things turn out a whole lot better for the cast members here than in Grand Hotel for the most part. Some other roles of interest are Robert Benchley as gossip columnist and Keenan Wynn as a cub reporter who is from the Lois Lane snoop and scoop journalism school. So is Pidgeon who tells Wynn to get creative in his search for a story. His methods though, not his writing.

Weekend At The Waldorf is done with typical MGM gloss and made Louis B. Mayer quite a bundle. It's not a classic like the film it was based on, but it's still a good piece of entertainment. And of course it's quite the commercial for the Waldorf Astoria hotel. It's still there in New York, not having been taken over by any of the hotel chains. At one time, Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, and Cole Porter maintained permanent residences on its premises. Two out of those three were there when the film was made.

They probably would recognize the place now. It's still an elegant place, but old fashioned, reflective of their era. But for us we have Weekend At The Waldorf to remind us.

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