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Grand Hotel (1932)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 September 1932 (USA)
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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Grusinskaya
... Baron Felix von Geigern
... Flaemmchen
... General Director Preysing
... Otto Kringelein
... Doctor Otternschlag
... Senf
... Meierheim (as Robert Mc Wade)
... Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
... Pimenov
... Suzette
... Chauffeur
... Gerstenkorn
... Rohna
... 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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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

11 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Menschen im Hotel  »

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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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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

When the Baron is stealing Grusinskaya's pearls from her trunk, they can clearly be seen as a very long strand of large pearls. But later when he pulls them out of his pocket to hand back to her, the pearls are small and on a shorter strand. See more »

Quotes

Grusinskaya: I think Suzette, I've never been so tired in all my life...
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Connections

Featured in Duels: Dietrich, Garbo, l'ange et la divine (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Wien, du Stadt Meiner Traeueme (Vienna, City of My Dreams)
(uncredited)
By Rudolf Sieczynski
[plays shortly after when John Barrymore is discovered in Greta Garbo's room]
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good now, great then
11 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

What was a great movie in 1932 is still a good movie in 1999. In the Grandest Hotel of them all as "People come, people go. (but) Nothing ever happens." This is a story of a day at the hotel. Nothing out of the ordinary occurs, except lots of drinking, gambling, a love triangle, .... This film is one of the last big-budget "studio" Hollywood movies from its era (20's-30's) and is frequently studied for both this aspect and its photographic techniques (like the revolving doorway). The two hours is well worth it. Lionel Barrymore's performance is also really memorable.


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