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GRAND HOTEL is a screen adaptation of a stageplay based on Vicki Baum's 1929 novel, "Menschen im Hotel." As is mentioned, there's a "Grand Hotel" in every major European city.

The story opens and closes with an on-call physician's blasé comment about the boring state of affairs at Grand Hotel. We soon learn how wrong his assessment is, for several lives briefly and serendipitously intertwine at the famous Berlin hostel. No one would leave GH totally unchanged by their experiences.

A top-shelf MGM cast make this Best Picture Oscar-winner always interesting. It's a must-see for all classic era film lovers if only to hear Garbo's legendary line, "I vant to be alone!"

Also recommended:
Another star-filled MGM ensemble appears in George Cukor's DINNER AT EIGHT (1933).

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(7.7) Grand Hotel (1932) - Greta Garbo/John Barrymore/Joan Crawford/Wallace Beery/Lionel Barrymore/Lewis Stone/Jean Hersholt/Tully Marshall
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on May 16, 2014
This film is not quite as star studded as people claim; there are only 5 and 1/2 notables in the lead roles. If they had tossed in Ethel Barrymore for good measure, then I would be impressed. This film has the distinction of being the only film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.
The plot involves a few patrons of the Grand Hotel. There's a diva dancer (Greta Garbo), a Baron who sidelines as a crook (John Barrymore), a dying accountant (Lionel Barrymore), a savvy stenographer (Joan Crawford), a desperate scheming industrialist (Wallace Beery), and a bored doctor (Lewis Stone). Their lives crisscross and entangle throughout the story, culminating in a murder. (I don't care how fancy it is, this is not a hotel I'd care to stay in.)

Of course it's dated, the darn thing is eons old and it shows. The acting style is extravagant to say the least, most of the stars present knew exactly how to play to the camera and show their best side at all times. None of the performances were "natural" by any means. Still, it is an oddly moving and absorbing film, fraught with humor and angst.

It's historically relevant if nothing else.
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on November 18, 2013
Grand Hotel is the epitome of Hollywood glamour, and the best and brightest stars shine in this version.
One of the rare film outings that features John Barrymore and his brother Lionel as two of the leads. As for Garbo, well, she is absolutely luminous here and the camera lighting is just terrific in every scene. She may have disliked the publicity hounds and having to endure occasional interviews, but Garbo certainly knew how to play to the camera.
Wallace Beery is his irascible self, though the bad guy in this tale, still you can't keep your eyes off of him.
Joan Crawford holds her own as the "little stenographer".
Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt round out the cast.
This is one of my favorite films from the 1930s!
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on March 12, 2015
This is a classic. Just because it is really really old & was filmed in black and white does not make it less watchable than a newer colorful movie. In my opinion this is one of the great dramas that transcends time. While the world situation is different now, many still struggle w similar stresses and worries. The famous line, "I want to be alone", uttered by the lovely Greta Garbo who was in despair made me want to hope for her. This movie is dramatic, smart and offers an amazing group of famous actors. Most of the characters in this movie you will find yourself wanting them to be able to rise above their lot and find happiness. For the money, I think Grand Hotel would be a smart choice to add to your video library or give as a gift.
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on December 18, 2016
Accept how dated it seems. Accept some overdone acting. Be smashed by the stars, the scene, the characters and acting, and the never-excelled lighting, framing, and photography. Never. And think of the equipment they had !
And then look up Vicki Baum, who wrote the book.
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on February 6, 2017
THE classic hotel movie. All the rest must pay homage. The cast is A+. And the story, surprising.
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on July 20, 2017
Love this movie. Excellent quality too. Fast shipping.
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on February 7, 2017
nice DVD worth owning
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on September 11, 2017
Lots of great names in this classic.
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on October 17, 2016
One of the best movies of the 30's, Joan Crawford is amazing and Greta Garbo is outstanding. You will not be disappointed. .
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