Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

Edmund Goulding (1932)

A Certificate


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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.


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.

Cast & Crew

Grusinskaya Greta Garbo
The Baron Felix Benvenuto Frihern Von Gaigern John Barrymore
Flaemmchen Joan Crawford
General Director Preysing Wallace Beery
Otto Kringelein Lionel Barrymore
Senf Jean Hersholt
Meierheim Robert McWade
Zinnowitz Purnell Pratt
Pimenov Ferdinand Gottschalk
Suzette Rafaella Ottiano
Chauffeur Morgan Wallace
Director Edmund Goulding
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray