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Grand Hotel

  • Drama
  • 1932
  • Edmund Goulding
  • 107 mins
  • A

Summary

The lives of guests at a Berlin hotel, including a lonely Russian ballerina and her jewel thief lover, become strangely intertwined. Melodrama, starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery.

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Review

Based on the German play by Vicki Baum and its American version, the star-filled melodrama that is Grand Hotel became a blueprint for almost every glossy Hollywood soap opera that followed it. Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery vie for screen time as the various residents of the Berlin hotel, but it is art director Cedric Gibbons who deserves the plaudits for the luscious look of the film. One of the biggest projects in Hollywood at the time, the all-star cast caused MGM numerous problems as far as billing was concerned - in the end, the word "Garbo" appeared at the top of the bill to honour a clause stating she would have top billing, while the other actors were billed in alphabetical order below.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white

Credits

Cast

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GrusinskayaGreta Garbo
The Baron Felix Benvenuto Frihern Von GaigernJohn Barrymore
FlaemmchenJoan Crawford
General Director PreysingWallace Beery
Otto KringeleinLionel Barrymore
SenfJean Hersholt
MeierheimRobert McWade
ZinnowitzPurnell Pratt
PimenovFerdinand Gottschalk
SuzetteRafaella Ottiano
ChauffeurMorgan Wallace

Crew

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DirectorEdmund Goulding
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