MGM remade Grand Hotel
loosely in 1945 as Week-end at the Waldorf
which took place in New York rather than Berlin and starred Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon and Van Johnson. However, it failed to capture the magic of the original.
The success of Grand Hotel
influenced the structure of numerous Hollywood films, which began to copy the multi-story and multi-character star-studded format. Among the many influenced by Grand Hotel
were Shanghai Express
(1932), If I Had a Million
(1932), Dinner at Eight
(1933) as well as the disaster films of the 1970s such as Airport
(1970) and The Poseidon Adventure
In the 1932 comedy Blondie of the Follies
film star Marion Davies and Jimmy Durante did a funny spoof of the scenes between Greta Garbo and John Barrymore in Grand Hotel
. The director of Blondie
was none other than Edmund Goulding, the same person behind Grand Hotel
Greta Garbo's line from Grand Hotel
that she speaks several times, "I want to be alone," became one of the most famous and much imitated lines in Hollywood history. Its iconic status is still present in pop culture today and has forever become linked to Garbo's aloof image.
In the 1960 Best Picture winner The Apartment
Jack Lemmon's character sits down one evening excited to watch Grand Hotel
on television, but then gives up due to the incessant commercial interruptions.
A hit stage musical version of Grand Hotel
opened on Broadway in 1989 with a talented cast that included 30 Rock
's Jane Krakowski as Flaemmchen and Michael Jeter as Krengelein. Jeter won a Tony award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance. Director/Choreographer Tommy Tune also won Tonys for his contributions.
was spoofed in the 1934 film Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
which had stars Jack Benny and Nancy Carroll imitating John Barrymore and Greta Garbo.
A 1933 Vitaphone two-reeler called Nothing Ever Happens
poked good natured fun at the film.
by Andrea Passafiume