Grand Hotel

Grand HotelBBBB.5

(out of 5)


Perfectly enjoyable melodrama that puts a huge assortment of MGM stars in the Grand Hotel for a night and watches them interact and (sometimes) come apart.   tops the pyramid as the Swedish skating star who just ‘vants to be alone’ (though she never really says that), and  is excellent as the secretary who’s a lot prettier under that stenographer’s hat than it at first seems (yeah right, big surprise). Other cast members, including ,  and an assortment of the Barrymores all have stories of their own and they’re all so much fun to peruse. Looks great after sixty years thanks to flashy art deco production design and snazzy costumes by Adrian. The formula was repeated a year later to moderately less success with George Cukor’s Dinner at Eight.


USA, 1932

Directed by Edmund Goulding

Screenplay by , based on the play America by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1931/1932


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