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Hotel (1967)

GP | | Drama | 19 January 1967 (USA)
A historical New Orleans hotel struggles to financially survive while the dramas of its various guests unfold.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Wendell Mayes (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Ian McDermott
Catherine Spaak ... Jeanne Rochefort
Karl Malden ... Keycase Milne
Melvyn Douglas ... Warren Trent
Merle Oberon ... The Duchess Caroline
Richard Conte ... Detective Dupere
Michael Rennie ... Geoffrey - Duke of Lanbourne
Kevin McCarthy ... Curtis O'Keefe
Carmen McRae ... Christine
Alfred Ryder ... Capt. Yolles
Roy Roberts ... Bailey
Al Checco Al Checco ... Herbie Chandler
Sheila Bromley ... Mrs. Grandin
Harry Hickox ... Sam
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Mason
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Hotel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,651,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the Hotel St. Gregory bar, off the lobby, on the wall there hangs a wanted poster with a $100,000 reward for the capture of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. This is a somewhat surprising decoration for a restricted New Orleans hotel. See more »

Quotes

Peter McDermott: A sure way to empty a hotel fast: drop an elevator.
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Connections

Referenced in Quatermass and the Pit (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Shouldn't I?
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Carmen McRae and band
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29 January 2011 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Very mild account of major New Orleans hotel facing closure and its last days as the owner (Douglas) and general manager (Taylor) attempt to secure its future without compromising its integrity and traditions. A number of story lines intertwine amid the closure backdrop, with Rennie & Oberon as the Duke and Duchess of Landbourne entangled in a police matter, Malden as the hotel's resident kleptomaniac and McCarthy as a potential investor keen to save the grand hotel but with a litany of changes in mind of which Douglas disapproves.

Taylor does a good job as the efficient right hand man, not tempted by McCarthy's graft offer to persuade Douglas to sell, taking Spaak instead as a consolation prize. Malden was a bit too hammy for my liking and the film never quite fulfilled its promise, although I thought Taylor and McCarthy in particular were very engaging. "Hotel" has a pseudo disaster film texture with its diverse characters coming in and out of focus against a common backdrop; it even indulges the genre with a reasonably tense elevator malfunction and a feverish rescue while the lift hangs by a thread.

The decorative touches, lounge music and brassy sets are all fashionable reminders of the mid-to-late sixties and the film itself is old-fashioned in its tone and sentiment, perhaps too dated for younger viewers today. I'd categorise this as a somewhat bittersweet tale, a window into the late sixties social culture, suitable with tea and biscuits moreso than beer and pizza.


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