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Hotel Berlin (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 2 March 1945 (USA)
Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Writers:

Vicki Baum (novel), Jo Pagano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Faye Emerson ... Tillie Weiler
Helmut Dantine ... Martin Richter
Raymond Massey ... Arnim von Dahnwitz
Andrea King ... Lisa Dorn
Peter Lorre ... Johannes Koenig
Alan Hale ... Herman Plottke
George Coulouris ... Commissioner Joachim Helm
Henry Daniell ... Baron Von Stetten
Peter Whitney ... Heinrichs
Helene Thimig ... Frau Sarah Baruch
Steven Geray ... Kleibert
Kurt Kreuger ... Major Otto Kauders
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Storyline

Near the end of WW II, a member of the German underground (Martin Richter) escapes from the Gestapo and takes shelter at Hotel Berlin, where he meets Lisa Dorn, a sleek actress involved with General von Dahnwitz, who is also trying to leave Germany. The hotel is a hotbed of Nazis, refugees, spies and ordinary Germans trying to survive inevitable defeat without getting too involved. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAEL_PEM@aol.com>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

2 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Berlin '43 See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Sunday 11 November 1956 on WABD (Channel 5); it first aired in Boston Saturday 12 January 1957 on WBZ (Channel 4), in San Antonio Tuesday 19 February 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Chicago Sunday 24 February 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), in Salt Lake City Monday 25 March 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Portland OR Sunday 31 March 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Bloomington IN Wednesday 3 April 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Sunday 28 April 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Richter: Professor, I came here because I need you. You told me to come to you when we were in Dachau.
Johannes Koenig: I do not remember what I said when I was in Dachau. Leave me alone. I'm tired. Go away.
Dr. Martin Richter: Professor, don't you realize. This is the hour we've planned and waited for. Now, we can fight!
Johannes Koenig: Fight? Fight for what? Maybe for the rebirth of Germany? Maybe you still believe there are some good Germans left?
Dr. Martin Richter: Yes.
Johannes Koenig: Amazing. Have you seen them? Where are they? Maybe he's here? Maybe, maybe, maybe in the closet? ...
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Echoes of Grand Hotel at WWII's conclusion
27 June 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Entertaining war drama with a darker tenor than most studio films at the time. The cast performs well but with the source material being from the author of Grand Hotel and a decent script it's a surprise that the players are more or less B level performers.

That's not a swipe at any of them since they all play their parts well, although a more charismatic actor than Helmut Dantine, someone like James Mason, would have given better focus to the lead character's plight. Andrea King, a good actress with an unusual quality but often stuck in nothing parts, has one of her best roles that she perhaps received because of the character's murky ethics. The audience is never fully sure what side her duplicitous Lisa Dorn is playing for which might have caused bigger stars such as Joan Crawford, Ann Sheridan and Alexis Smith to decline the role.

The supporting cast is stocked with great character actors all getting the most out of their parts. Faye Emerson's role of Tillie, an opportunistic hotel employee, somewhat shadows Joan Crawford's Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel though she's not as sympathetic. She offers a fine interpretation of the role making her moral quandary relatable and touching. Likewise Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre also stand out fleshing out their roles surely more than what was on the page.

Not readily available but well worth seeking out.


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