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This is the story of the clock-like movements of a giant, big city New Orleans hotel. The ambitious yet loyal manager, wrestles with the round-the-clock drama of its guests. A brazen sneak thief, who nightly relieves the guests of their property, is chased though the underground passages of the hotel. The big business power play for control and the thrilling crash of an elevator add to the excitement.Written by
The "Hotel St. Gregory" was based on the Hotel Roosevelt in New Orleans, which at the time the novel was written was in the process of being sold by its elderly owner Seymour Weiss (who started his career managing the hotel's barber shop) to the owners of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Coincidentally, when the novel was adapted as a TV series, the Fairmont San Francisco was used a film stand-in for the "St. Gregory" (with the show's location changed to San Francisco.) See more »
Not quite "Grand Hotel", but a big, handsome showcase...
Highly enjoyable adaptation of Arthur Hailey's bestseller about tumult in an older New Orleans hotel: nearly all the guests are up to no good! Rod Taylor, excellent as always, plays the hotel manager, Melvyn Douglas is the property owner, Kevin McCarthy is a takeover shark, Karl Malden plays a thief, Merle Oberon is a troubled duchess being blackmailed by Richard Conte, etc. Lots of intricate human action, well-written and staged. The romance between Taylor and Catherine Spaak doesn't get in the way, and there are some very humorous, mordant asides. Marvelous backing score by Johnny Keating; good fun. Later a TV series. **1/2 from ****
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