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Hotel Berlin

Hotel Berlin(1945)

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The opening title card reads "Warner Bros. Pictures presents Vicki Baum's Hotel Berlin." The film's working title was Hotel Berlin '43. The film ends with the following written quotation signed by the Allied leaders, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin: "Our purpose is not to destroy the German people-but we are determined to disband all German armed forces-break up the German General Staff-eliminate all German industry used for military production-bring all war criminals to just and swift punishment-wipe out the Nazi Party and Nazi laws from the life of the German people-Germany must never again disturb the peace of the world."
       Vicki Baum's novel was serialized in Collier's (6 November-4 December 1943). A press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced Herman Schumlin as director. Other press releases note that Trude Berliner, a European actress who was confined in a Nazi concentration camp for almost four months, coached Andrea King and Faye Emerson with their German accents and identified technical advisor Roger Neury as the maitre d'hotel at the Macambo nightclub and former maitre d' at the Adlon Hotel in pre-war Berlin. A January 25, 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Warner Bros. rushed the release of the picture to coincide with the Russian and Allied drives on Berlin. According to the Variety review, the story was updated to include late war events. A March 4, 1945 Los Angeles Times article on this subject notes that Elliott Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, married Faye Emerson during filming.