Grand Hotel Overview:

Grand Hotel (1932) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Irving Thalberg.

The film was based on the novel Menschen im Hotel (People at a Hotel) written by Vicki Baum published in 1929.

Grand Hotel was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2007.

Academy Awards 1931/32 --- Ceremony Number 5 (source: AMPAS)

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on May 10, 2019 From Caftan Woman

Pale Writer and The Poppity are hosting this blogathon tribute to Joan Crawford on May 11th and 12th. You can share in all the tributes to the amazing actress's career by clicking HERE or HERE. Thank you, Gabriela and Erica D! Vicki Baum's successful 1929 novel Grand Hotel became a popular Broa... Read full article

Grande Hotel (1932) / Grand Hotel (1932)

By L? on Aug 14, 2018 From Critica Retro

Grande Hotel (1932) / Grand Hotel (1932) “Grande Hotel” n?o precisa de propaganda – nem o filme nem o local. O Grande Hotel ? o hotel mais caro da Alemanha, como diz o personagem de Lionel Barrymore. “Grande Hotel”, o filme, ? uma aula magna sobre o star system, ... Read full article

Grand Hotel – Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon

By Rhonda0731 on Aug 17, 2016 From Smitten Kitten Vintage

I am pleased to bring you Grand Hotel , my contribution to the?Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon hosted by the wonderful Crystal over at?IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD. The first time I saw Grand Hotel it was with my dad. He mentioned what a great film it was and since it had so many of my fav... Read full article

Grand Hotel (1932)

By Carol Martinheira on Aug 15, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Grand Hotel (1932) On August 15, 2016 By CarolIn Uncategorized What?s this? Another blogathon? You bet! I love my blogathons and August seems to be filled with them! So when Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood announced that she was hosting a Barrymore... Read full article

Pre-Code vs. Post-Code: "Grand Hotel" and "Week-End at the Waldorf"

By David on Mar 26, 2016 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

Vicki Baum's 1929 novel (and play) "Grand Hotel" was purchased by MGM, and in 1932 the studio released a film version featuring all the big shots on the lot -- Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore and Wallace Beery, with Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt thrown in for good measur... Read full article

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Quotes from

Dr. Otternschlag: Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens.

Preysing: I don't know much about women. I've been married for 28 years, you know.

Dr. Otternschlag: Believe me, Mr. Kringelein, a man who is not with a woman is a dead man.

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Facts about

During the filming of the busy lobby scenes, the actors wore socks over their shoes to prevent noise. Reportedly two hundred pairs of woolen socks were worn out daily.
The role of Suzette was intended for Pauline Frederick but she was forced to pull out due to illness.
Wallace Beery was originally upset at being cast as Preysing, believing that playing an amoral business tycoon would wreck his image, and tried to stage a "walkout" in protest. When he relented, he reportedly decided to steal as much of the show as possible and constantly tried to upstage the other stars in the film.
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Released 1932
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