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Grand Hotel (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 September 1932 (USA)
A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

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Doctor Otternschlag
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Senf
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Meierheim (as Robert Mc Wade)
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Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
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Pimenov
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Suzette
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Gerstenkorn
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Rohna
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Schweimann
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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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11 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Menschen im Hotel  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Adapted from the Broadway play "Grand Hotel" by William Absalom Drake, as translated from the German play "Menschen im Hotel" by Vicki Baum. The original Broadway production opened Nov. 13, 1930 at the National Theatre in New York and ran for 459 performances. Rafaela Ottiano originated her movie role of Suzette in the play. Other opening night cast members (with their character names) included Albert Dekker (The Baron), Sig Ruman (Preysing), Sam Jaffe (Kringelein), Romaine Callender (Otternschlag) and Walter Baldwin (Desk Clerk). See more »

Goofs

The first time the Dancer walks out of her room, her shadow moves according to an obvious moving light, instead the static ones on the ceiling that supposedly are the only ones there. See more »

Quotes

Preysing: I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know.
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Soundtracks

Wien, du Stadt Meiner Traeueme (Vienna, City of My Dreams)
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By Rudolf Sieczynski
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A Grand Classic!
24 December 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

More than 70 years later and it stood the test of time. Edmund Goulding directs the movie which starts at a slower pace but towards as things proceed, pace picks up. Greta Garbo was definitely the star of the time but here she's quite a drama queen. It's Joan Crawford who gives the best performance (and has a more fleshed out role than Garbo). The actress indeed has a stronger presence than Garbo and she's simply terrific. Lionel Barrymore and John Barrymore are equally impressive. Lionel is particularly good in balancing his characters tragedy and comedy. The supporting cast is adequate.

The cinematography is amazing as it gives us a marvelous glare of the grandness of the Grand Hotel, the overhead shot of the operators who're connecting the incoming calls, and then focussing on the different characters who're all either desperate for money, happiness or nothing (as they are satisfied with what they have e.g. the head hotel clerk). Everyone is shown to be busy with their own individual life and this is further stressed on in the final scene.

In addition to that, the set designs are spectacular reflecting the indifferent atmosphere and the beauty of the hotel. The reference to the War is also put in a very subtle way (as the film was made in the 30s) through the Baron's story and the scar on the doctor's face. Some might be bored in the beginning (due to the slow pace) but just bear with it, the film does get better and one will indeed understand why it stood the test of time. A grand classic it is indeed!


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