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Grand Hotel (1932)



Critic Consensus: Perhaps less a true film than a series of star-studded vignettes, Grand Hotel still remains an entertaining look back at a bygone Hollywood era.

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Based on Vicki Baum's novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where "nothing ever happens." That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who is under the care of alcoholic physician Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone). Grand Hotel won Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Greta Garbo
as Grusinskaya
John Barrymore
as Baron von Gaigern
Joan Crawford
as Flaemmchen
Wallace Beery
as Preysing
Lewis Stone
as Dr. Otternschlag
Robert McWade
as Meierheim
Purnell Pratt
as Zinnowitz
Lionel Barrymore
as Otto Kringelein
Morgan Wallace
as Chauffeur
Tully Marshall
as Gerstenkorn
Murray Kinnell
as Schweimann
Edwin Maxwell
as Dr. Waitz
Mary Carlisle
as Honeymooner
John Davidson
as Hotel Manager
Sam McDaniel
as Bartender
Lee Phelps
as Extra in Lobby
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Critic Reviews for Grand Hotel

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (11)

Grand Hotel is superbly acted and finely produced.

January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

In Grand Hotel one finds the perfection of realistic acting. This was to be expected, for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has assembled in this production the most notable cast which has ever appeared In any one film.

January 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Most of the players give impossibly bad performances-they chew up the camera. But if you want to see what screen glamour used to be, and what, originally, "stars" were, this is perhaps the best example of all time.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Each and every performer in the screened "Grand Hotel" does a remarkable piece of work. To us, Garbo is the supreme of magnificence.

February 17, 2015 | Full Review…

As it is, the hotel is well filled.

February 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Creaky, aged and utterly enchanting.

February 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grand Hotel


There's drama afoot in the exclusive halls of the Grand Hotel as the rich and famous cavort to their wont and pleasure. Filmed pre-code, some of yhe drama boldly crosses over into salacious territory: witness as Joan Crawford fields the age old query as to whether she like to "take dictation", and see Greta Garbo dance around in an all but sheer nightgown, heavens! There's very little subtlety here, old style written as if 3rd grade grammar school printing, but, per Thalberg undoubtedly, still a quality presentation. A must for history buffs.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The kind of wholesome production made in those days but with a fabulous constellation of stars to make it an unforgettable Hollywood classic - especially Joan Crawford and Lionel Barrymore, who are so great that they even manage to outshine the rest of the cast.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Various guests, including an aging dancer, a dying accountant, a business magnate, a beautiful stenographer, and a thief, stay at a posh German hotel. It takes a long time - perhaps twenty minutes - for this film to get started, and during that exposition I thought that director Edmund Goulding would attempt to pass off the hotel as the main character. However, once the film realizes that John Barrymore and Greta Garbo are in it, it picks up steam on the strength of the performances by these two exceptional talents. The rest of the characters and the setting find their place, and the film gives off an amiable charm. Later it turns sad, but not oppressively so. Like Nashville and other Robert Altman oeuvre, the film portrays little dramas that might amount only to a recognition of the variance of life and the mercurial nature of fate, but the later director (Altman) developed these themes more clearly and effectively. Overall, once the film is on its way, it can be charming, but it's too long a wait.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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