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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | October 1945 (USA)
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The misadventures of a group of diverse guests at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Sam Spewack (screen play), Bella Spewack (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Irene Malvern
Lana Turner ... Bunny Smith
Walter Pidgeon ... Chip Collyer
Van Johnson ... Captain James Hollis
Edward Arnold ... Martin X. Edley
Keenan Wynn ... Oliver Webson
Robert Benchley ... Randy Morton
Phyllis Thaxter ... Cynthia Drew
Leon Ames ... Henry Burton
Lina Romay ... Juanita
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Jessup
Porter Hall ... Stevens
George Zucco ... Bey of Aribajan
Miles Mander ... British Secretary
Frank Puglia ... Emile
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Storyline

Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an operation he'll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer; a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man's dealing with a foreign potentate. And it all happens in the opulent, grandiose New York landmark hotel as a sort of tongue-in-cheek take-off on the classic movie Grand Hotel. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Taglines:

FORTY-EIGHT EXPLOSIVE HOURS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weekend at the Waldorf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,561,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,513,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,437,520
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The owners of the Waldorf-Astoria at the time lobbied MGM to shoot the film in color to better showcase the hotel's opulence and decor, but obviously were unsuccessful. See more »

Goofs

When Irene is reclining on the couch talking to Henry about the man she's in love with, her handkerchief keeps appearing and disappearing from her right had between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Randy Morton: Yes. That's the Waldorf Astoria. Big place, isn't it? But, it's home to me, because I happen to live there.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the prinipal roles were credited as the character's name and occupation. See more »

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Version of Grand Hotel (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Guadalajara
(1937)
Written by Pepe Guízar (as Pepe Guizar)
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (uncredited) and sung by Lina Romay (uncredited)
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Grand Hotel remade
10 December 2006 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"Week-end at the Waldorf" was MGM's attempt to cash in on its earlier success "Grand Hotel" (made in 1932) by re-using the idea of Vicki Baum's play and setting it in wartime.

So the ballerina becomes the actress (Garbo becomes Ginger Rogers), the Baron becomes the war correspondent (John Barrymore becomes Walter Pidgeon), the sick worker becomes the Captain with a heart problem (Lionel Barrymore becomes Van Johnson), and there is still a stenographer (Joan Crawford becomes Lana Turner). In support is the ever reliable Keenan Wynn as an eager-beaver cub reporter.

Where "Grand Hotel" was star-led and rather stagey, with an improbable plot and an air of glamour, "Week-end ..." is somewhat less starry, more cinematic but dull, and lacks the 30s glamour which ran through the earlier film. Rogers does well enough as the bored actress who is waiting for her next film premiere, and Johnson and Pidgeon are personable enough, but Turner doesn't seem to have enough to do and the film, although watchable, feels a little flat.

Something of a pointless exercise, really, as the original film, overall, was much better.


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