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Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel(1932)

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  • There are no scenes where Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford are in the same frame. This was done to eliminate the possibility that one of the two great stars might upstage the other.
  • Joan Crawford was irked by Greta Garbo's insistence on top billing and decided to take her revenge. Knowing that Garbo loathed tardiness and Marlene Dietrich in equal measures, Crawford played Dietrich records between shots, and made sure to arrive late on set.
  • The only Best Picture Oscar winner not to be nominated for any other Academy Awards.


  • Holz (2008-12-09)

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    The plot device of this film (bringing together several unrelated characters into one setting) was popular and effective enough that it was re-used in other films and became known as "the Grand Hotel" formula. This "all-star" scenario was perhaps most successfully replicated the following year in MGM's own "Dinner at Eight".

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