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Grand Hotel (1932)

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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Vicki Baum (by), William Absalom Drake (play) (as William A. Drake)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Garbo ... Grusinskaya
John Barrymore ... Baron Felix von Geigern
Joan Crawford ... Flaemmchen
Wallace Beery ... General Director Preysing
Lionel Barrymore ... Otto Kringelein
Lewis Stone ... Doctor Otternschlag
Jean Hersholt ... Senf
Robert McWade ... Meierheim (as Robert Mc Wade)
Purnell Pratt ... Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Pimenov
Rafaela Ottiano ... Suzette
Morgan Wallace ... Chauffeur
Tully Marshall ... Gerstenkorn
Frank Conroy ... Rohna
Murray Kinnell ... Schweimann
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Storyline

Berlin's plushest, most expensive hotel is the setting where in the words of Dr. Otternschlag "People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.". The doctor is usually drunk so he missed the fact that Baron von Geigern is broke and trying to steal eccentric dancer Grusinskaya's pearls. He ends up stealing her heart instead. Powerful German businessman Preysing brow beats Kringelein, one of his company's lowly bookkeepers but it is the terminally ill Kringelein who holds all the cards in the end. Meanwhile, the Baron also steals the heart of Preysing's mistress, Flaemmchen, but she doesn't end up with either one of them in the end... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

11 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Menschen im Hotel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,235,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,359,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though film lore has suggested that Joan Crawford was irked by Greta Garbo's top billing, this was never an issue, as in 1932 Garbo was by far the more established personality and Grand Hotel (1932) was considered a step up for Crawford, who was just beginning her ascent to prominence. See more »

Goofs

As Grusinskaya is on the phone (while the Baron is watching), she holds the receiver with different hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Otternschlag: Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.
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Connections

Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: I Want to Be Alone (1972) See more »

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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
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Impressive Star Power
6 August 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The impressive array of stars is what makes "Grand Hotel" worth watching. It's also a pretty good feat of writing to create enough room for Garbo, Crawford, the Barrymores, and Beery all to operate. Each of them gets good characters and plenty of screen time in which to perform. The plot is not really that great, but it is written so as to bring all of these characters together in one place.

Which of the stars gives the best performance probably depends on which character you like the best. They all have their own story lines, and while much of the plot is rather implausible, the acting is such that you don't notice it that much most of the time. The ways that the characters react and change according to circumstances lets you see some fine performers show what they can do.

While it may be old-fashioned now in a number of respects, it's still a good film, and a rare chance to see this many film greats all at once.


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