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The Cast, the Cast, the Cast!
- Movie Lady
This movie is a feast for any classic movie fan. The chance to see almost every famous MGM star ("More stars than in the heavens!") in one movie is a dream come true. Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone are all wonderful. But it is Garbo, John Barrymore and Joan Crawford who take your breath away. For anyone who only knows about John Barrymore's self destructive alcoholic end, this is what all the fuss was about. This is a prime example of the truly great actor he was. He and Garbo together create the kind of magic movies are all about. Also, for anyone who only knows the Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford, watch her face. She is so beautiful and vulnerable, she absolutely glows. Irving Thalberg took a risk in loading this movie with so many big stars, and thank goodness for us, 87 years later, he did.
- Rita Schmidt
Grand Hotel is one of my very favorite old movies...the see these wonderful stars together isa treat not to be missed,I watch it every time it shown.....Thank you.
- kevin sellers
This film was made just before Hitler came to power, and indeed watching it one has the feeling of a humanistic, stylish culture yielding to one of thuggery and boorishness. The old order is brilliantly personifed by John Barrymore's Baron, forced by poverty into becoming a thief, but still clinging to old world traditions of gentlemanliness and consideration for the feelings of others. Symbolizing the emergent Third Reich is the just as excellent Wallace Beery's amoral, abusive businessman Preysing. This is one reason why, when The Baron is brutally and un-necessarily murdered by Preysing, in the film's most powerful and unforgettable scene, one literally gasps. The other reason of course is that Barrymore is the film's hero and you do not expect him to suffer his ignominious fate so suddenly and callously. I have a sneaking suspicion that a noble death, as befits the Great Barrymore, would have been preferable to 30s audiences (and their successors on TCM) than being fatally bludgeoned by a telephone! So, for successfully subverting the Hollywood Hero Stereotype, let's give director Edmund Goulding and screenwriter William Drake (who does not get a credit, and what the hell is up with that?) kudos. Also getting kudos are all the actors in this film with the lone exception of Greta Garbo who, as usual, gets on my nerves more than she gets into my heart. First hour drags a bit 'cause of that long, dull love scene with her and Barrymore. For that reason, let's give this disturbing yet elegant film an A minus.
Not A Bad Scene In The Whole Movie
For those who don't get it,did you really watch?Many posh guests,but also 2 working class people (L. Barrymore's Kringeline,sic) and Joan Crawford's Flemme.The Baron is a fallen aristo,Beery is a thuggish CEO who murders The Baron because he can,Lewis Stone as a wounded WWI vet,Garbo as a primma ballerina with her most famous line-"I want to be alone".It is cinematic perfection,but some just cannot see,they don't recognize greatness.Must be from watching the dumb cartoon characatured heroes thrown at us every Summer,famous for one liners and nothing else!
- Michael Whitty
In the early days of sound Hollywood was seeing what worked and what didn't with regards to actors and sets and stories. Greta Garbo and her famous "Grand Hotel" of 1932 did work as the studio took a number of stars and put them together. Garbo and her famous line "I want to be alone" went in with the Barrymores and Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery with the happenings at a swanky Berlin hotel. Romance and a murder and a birth kept everyone interested in what might happen next where people stayed the night.
To those who were disappointed,I am so sad for you, you just didn't get it.It's LIFE, coming in and leaving. The actors giving their most beautiful and deep proformances.This was the 1930's, it has to be understood.
Love This Film
I watch for Barrymores.Garbo-P U.Crawfor equally PU-not much more than a call girl to awful Beery-can't see him as a loveable anything,esp since he beat a man to death.Never liked him because I could see him as woman beater long before reading of his major scandal in a death in 1930s.Hope it cost him plenty,but too bad it wasn't prison.The Barrymores are the ones who give this its praise as a classic.Very tender scenes between youngest & oldest of the siblings.Too bad John's star was falling.
Old Hollywood Classic
If you don't like this movie then you don't really appreciate Old Hollywood and the heyday of the great MGM studio with Thalberg at the controls. The star power alone is worth the time. John Barrymore and Greta Garbo together in that fabulous scene is the gold standard. The two enormous actors remind you that they were great silent film stars who could convey the whole scene without saying a word. But they do talk and they do it magnificently. Throw in the great performance of Joan Crawford along with Wallace Beery and Lionel Barrymore and you have outstanding entertainment
No stars. I think this movie is terrible. I kept watching to see if anything worthwhile or interesting would happen. For me there is nothing appealing about this film.
Grand Hotel is on par with the best.
When I watch Grand Hotel, perfect casting comes to mind. Every role is perfectly cast and the script is great too. There is a tremendous 30's feel and a Deco atmosphere to this movie. Joan Crawford is so stunningly beautiful and natural in front of the camera that it makes me wonder what happened to her in later years. Her acting became too dramatic and tense. But in this early effort, she shines! The rest of the cast is wonderful and even Garbo's over-the top character makes sense. She's a butterfly, she's an artiste, she's a bit of a flake...but she's a wonderful flake. Her chemistry with John Barrymore is epic! But I really think Crawford steals the picture. The hotel is gorgeous and swanky and is the perfect set for the story.It's actually another character in the movie. And it's a wonderful character. The staff of the hotel provides interest and depth and insures that we see this hotel as a place where real people work, live and die. And love.Watch Grand Hotel. Then go rent Dinner At Eight. Although Dinner At Eight isn't as dramatic or deep as Grand Hotel, it still features an all star dynamite cast and reveals the creative revolution happening in Hollywood during the 30's.Both pictures are packed with movie stars of high wattage. And for those of us that love the 30's fashions, it's a real treat. Plus it's worth it just to watch Crawford. I became a huge fan of hers after watching this movie...
One of my favourites
This movie is one of my favourite movies.When I first saw this movie I really liked it and thought it was interesting and exciting.I do recommend watching this good classic movie.
Not worth the time
It's not worth the time except to see how bad of a movie it is.
I waited all day to see this movie and was very excited because of the actors and actresses who were appearing in it. I should have watched something else because in my opinion, the whole thing sucked. It was boring, disjointed, and made no sense at all. Joan Crawford was the good thing about this movie. She was truly beautiful in her younger days. And much more beautiful than Garbo.
Not So Grand Hotel
MGM overrated, overlong boring attempt to stuff a whole slue of great stars (some) into a disjointed story, maybe its me, but there were times I had to ask myself what the ''''' was that scene all about, huh? And Garbo Garbo Garbo the most boring actress in the history of films. they constantly had to bring in Really Talented actors in order to get you to watch this dull one dimentional hack. Ill take Warner Bros. Wonderbar any time over this snore, tight story, excellent cast, Music Mystery romance and pushed the limit on the film code.
Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-4 1/2 out of 5Score-4/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of genre-4/5
We had waited a long time to see this movie due to all the accolades it has received????WHAT A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!Yes I question previous viewers reviews as this movie 'TANKED BIG TIME'--POLITELY speaking. What a waste of time, could not wait until it was over,in fact we kept looking at the clock (duration of said movie) WONDERING, HEY is this going to pick up?The acting (if you call it that seemed to be straight out of a Soap Opera)lack of character development,'choppy' scenes and dialogue. 'ACTORS' were over dramatic and lacked depth.Difficult to follow as camera is going everywhere . Is there a 'PLOT OR THEME?"The 'STORY LINE' is questionable as IS THERE ONE?MUCH HYPE about NOTHING-
Plays up class differences
- Jeff Boston
One of the first of thousands of films that dehumanizes an accomplished individual (Beery, of course playing a corporate-type in the private sector) to the point where he is the personification of evil, while humanizing those with serious character defects [sly thief John B and prostitute (essentially) Crawford], to the point they are seen as heroic. Garbo is (typically) annoying, and Lionel B is (typically) good, and is at the forefront during several clear messages for the deprived audience to eat up at the height of the Great Depression.
Although the actors in this film are among the very best, the real star is the "Grand Hotel" itself. It gives up the stories of its temporary residents in a way that has you hooked from the start. To have both Barrymore brothers in the same film is a real treat and, as I am particularly fond of John Barrymore, I believe he could not have been cast better than he was here. Greta Garbo is at her most beautiful, playing a prima donna ballerina diva in the last days of a career that have her literally despairing of her life. Joan Crawford was only 27 when she made this film and she is almost too good as the easy secretary who will do just about anything for money. She gives a breezy, devil-may-care performance which sparkles with tenderness when it's needed. The only character that I would like to have seen fleshed out is the doctor played by the great Lewis Stone. He narrates the story and is seen all too briefly. This is without a doubt one of my top ten essential films everyone should see!
Crawford shines in this one
The only other hotel movie I'd seen was the 1967 adaptation of Arthur Hailey's novel. Then when I saw the cast for Grand Hotel, I had to watch it. Both John and Lionel Barrymore in the same movie along with Greta Garbo - it's hard not to watch. However, the real surprises for me came from others in the cast. About my only real exposure to Wallace Beery was his lovable Long John Silver, but boy does he do a great job playing a nasty stinker of a character in this movie. And then there's Joan Crawford. Even among such great fellow actors, she shines like a star. She's beautiful, sexy, worldly, lovable, compassionate, and vulnerable all at the same time. She stole the show in my opinion and certainly stole my heart. I came away with a whole new appreciation for her talent.
- Dashiell Barnes
This MGM, all-star drama is a truimph. Garbo overacts, Crawford & Beery are great, but it's the Barrymore brother's who shine in their respective parts. Cedric Gibbons art-deco hotel plus the cinematography & gowns by Adrian bring Vicki Baum's story to life. So far, this is the only film to win a Best Picture Academy Award without nominations in the other categories. I give it a 4.5/5.
- Mark Williams
Greta Garbo is such an alluring beauty and mysterious personality that she could carry any film. Her sexual appeal is off the charts. Never have seen a woman become a symbol of sex without even trying. She was so far ahead of her time it is astounding. Great acting by the entire cast,but Garbo WOW!
timeless classic and so well acted the whole cast was superb.
Grand Hotel - Grand Picture
- Bruce Reber
"Grand Hotel" (1932) is the first MGM film to feature not one, not two, but FIVE of the studio's top contract stars: Greta Garbo, speaking her famous line "I want to be alone!", Wallace Beery, one year after his great performance in "The Champ", Joan Crawford, in her early days when she was really beautiful and playing good roles in good films, and the Barrymore brothers Lionel and John. It's set in Berlin's Grand Hotel in the decadence of early 30's Germany, just before the advent of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. The interraction of the various characters is marvelous to watch. Maybe the best of all the "hotel" films. Four stars!
- Mark Sutch
Lindoni,The Baron And A Quick Flip
1932's Grand Hotel has been my favorite movie for many years now. It has an atmosphere that sparkles with a certain magic and irony. There is no plot in the traditional sense,but rather an odd mixture of various characters all checking into the posh German hotel for different reasons. Many of them end up interacting with each other;some only see each other in passing. The ironic twist is in the character of the resident doctor,who declares that nothing ever happens at the hotel,when by the end of the film,we realize that events occur on a rather "grand" scale after all. It is a rare masterpiece.
Loniel Barrymore steals the film!
Sure there is John Barrymore, Joan Carwford, Wallace Beery and even Greta Garbo but Loniel Barrymore shows off his stuff in this amazing classic. I love Loniel Barrymore and have never been disapointed in anything I have seen him in and being in the movie with all these famous actors he had alot cut out for him. But he mangaged fine and I believe had the best performance out of all of them!
Grand Hotel (1932)
- Jay Higgins
A dazzling classic, a best picture winner with a once in a lifetime cast. John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt...amazing! The story is fascinating and sumptuously produced, the art direction is outstanding. Great and fascinating plot, which has since been imitated many times over.
Too Much Hype, Too Little of Garbo
For all of the hype about "Grand Hotel" being the classic of all time, I was not quite impressed. The Barrymore's are fabulous, as usual. But there's too little of Greta Garbo and too much of Joan Crawford. What were they thinking? I can see now why this film has not reached the expectations of the hype and why.
Garbo and the Barrymore Men
"Grand Hotel" would have been a swell film with Greta Garbo and John and Lionel Barrymore. There was a major mistake made in the casting of Joan Crawford, a personality, with such great actors. Garbo's and the Barrymores' performances are professionally well done in contrast to Crawford's. There was enough box office draw without her. Why the studio padded the cast with fluff remains a mystery. It is a mistake that becomes more obvious as years go by.
ECLECTIC CAST OF CHARACTERS
Enjoyed the performances of Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and John Barrymore. Was disappointed at the lack of "grandest" in the Grand Hotel architecture and furnishings. Divas are hard to tolerate for lengthy periods, especially "woe is me" ones. Greta Garbo is more pleasant in Two Faced Woman.
First Rate Film
Great Performances all around with a compelling story...one of Garbo's best. Garbo is luminous as the ballerina and Barrymore poignant and romantic as the broke man who loves her. These 2 greats shine, easily one of the best movies of the 1930s. Joan Crawford is lovely as the secretary. Wallace Beery gives a powerful performance. People don't remember what a beauty Crawford was in her early days. Other first rate cast members too...must see!
Best Picture of 1932
It's great watching Garbo and Barrymore, 2 great silent stars, and Crawford and Beery, two stars of the talkies. A great transtion film between eras. A great film, no, but so much fun to watch.
I watch it every showing. Who doesn't? This is why it stands the test of time. I wish that you would show more of these old familiar movies and stars. I don't understand the changes such as independent filmakers, foreign films, this crazy gendra that is going on. Even your next guest has picked the old classics, like Dinner at 8 and Now Voyager and he is young. This is what makes TCM what it has beenand a success. I hope you get backi to the grand hotels and the grand old hollywood.
Grand Hotel is one of my favorite pictures, mostly due to it's impressive cast. Garbo, Crawford, Berry, and the Barrymores are excellent in this picture. A must-see for classic movie fans