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Despite a dying man's efforts to enjoy his final days, a jewel thief trying to comfort a great dancer, and a big business deal in progress, there are still those who say that 'nothing ever happens here.'





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Cast overview:
Jack Lionel Bohn ...
The Baron (as Jack Bohn)
Clarence Rock ...
The Room Clerk
Jane Gale ...
Curtis Karpe ...
Madam (as Jeraldine Dvorak)


The terminally ill Mr. Waistline wants the best room in the hotel, so that he can enjoy himself while he still can. The Baron befriends him and graciously gives up his own room. Meanwhile, the great dancer 'Madam' is despondent and does not want to perform. The Baron slips into her room to steal her pearls, but then tries to comfort her. Prizering is at the hotel with an attractive stenographer, hoping to close a big business deal. And yet there are still those who say that 'nothing ever happens here.' Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

25 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1932-1933 season) #17: Nothing Ever Happens  »

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2004 DVD release of Grand Hotel (1932). This disc is included in Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD release "Garbo - The Signature Collection". See more »


Spoofs Grand Hotel (1932) See more »


Written by Cliff Hess
Performed by the cast during the opening photo credits
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Entertaining Parody Feature
15 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This two-reel parody of "Grand Hotel" has a number of clever touches, and it is entertaining to watch as long as you are familiar with the original feature. Like many parodies, much of its effectiveness depends on the audience remembering the characters and the plot of its source, since otherwise many of the details lose significance.

The main cast members of "Nothing Ever Happens" are made up to resemble the characters whom they are parodying, and in a couple of cases they are outwardly quite similar. While none of these performers come close to the stature of the all-star cast of "Grand Hotel", most of them are able to create, in a slightly exaggerated fashion, reasonably good impressions of the original actors.

The story covers a handful of the key incidents from "Grand Hotel", with some musical sequences added in, plus frequent humorous references to the classic line that is quoted in the title. "Grand Hotel" is one of the fine classics of its era, with a cast and characters that remain vivid well after watching it. This good-natured parody pays it a number of compliments, and it serves as a pleasant reminder of the original movie.

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