- Edmund Goulding
- 107 mins
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.
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.
How to Watch
- Theatrical distributor
- Available on
- video, DVD and Blu-ray
- Black and white
|The Baron Felix Benvenuto Frihern Von Gaigern||John Barrymore|
|General Director Preysing||Wallace Beery|
|Otto Kringelein||Lionel Barrymore|