Weekend at the Waldorf

Overview

Weekend at the Waldorf is an unabashed remake of MGM's 1932 Oscar-winner Grand Hotel: in fact, at several points in the story, the cast makes pointed references to the earlier film. The posh Waldorf Hotel in the heart of New York is the setting for several plots and subplots. Ginger Rogers plays the Garbo counterpart, a successful but severely depressed movie star who wants to be alone. Walter Pigeon steps into John Barrymore's role, sort of; whereas Barrymore was a thief posing as nobility, Pigeon is a war ...
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Overview

Weekend at the Waldorf is an unabashed remake of MGM's 1932 Oscar-winner Grand Hotel: in fact, at several points in the story, the cast makes pointed references to the earlier film. The posh Waldorf Hotel in the heart of New York is the setting for several plots and subplots. Ginger Rogers plays the Garbo counterpart, a successful but severely depressed movie star who wants to be alone. Walter Pigeon steps into John Barrymore's role, sort of; whereas Barrymore was a thief posing as nobility, Pigeon is a war correspondent posing as a thief. Hotel stenographer Lana Turner (originally Joan Crawford) latches onto tycoon Edward Arnold (originally Wallace Beery) in hopes of a life of luxury. And, in the film's biggest adaptation stretch, Van Johnson is cast as a war hero who, about to undergo life-threatening surgery, wants to thoroughly enjoy what may be his last days on earth. It takes a while to figure this out, but Johnson is supposed to be the character played in Grand Hotel by Lionel Barrymore: the meek clerk who, upon discovering that he's dying, blows his life savings on one last fling. On the whole, Weekend at the Waldorf is a lot more light-hearted than Grand Hotel, as indicated by the expository character played by humorist Robert Benchley, not to mention the presence of Xavier Cugat as the Waldorf's orchestra leader.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Never the studio to leave well enough alone, MGM resurrected Vicki Baum's ancient Grand Hotel, performed a vigorous spring cleaning and re-titled the result Weekend at the Waldorf. But along with the dust, the posh hostelry also lost some of its heart and soul. Rather than world-weary and slightly decadent like their predecessors, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon come across as merely bored. In fact, only Lana Turner, in the spot once occupied by Joan Crawford, adds a bit of glamorous sparkle to a hodgepodge all too preoccupied with such World War II fads as Van Johnson and Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. But Weekend at the Waldorf was certainly a handsome advertisement for the famous New York establishment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • UPC: 883316174425
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,774

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Irene Malvern
Lana Turner Bunny Smith
Walter Pidgeon Chip Collyer
Van Johnson Capt. James Hollis
Edward Arnold Martin X. Edley
Keenan Wynn Oliver Webson
Robert Benchley Randy Morton
Leon Ames Henry Burton
Lina Romay Juanita
Samuel S. Hinds Mr. Jessup
George Zucco Bey of Aribajan
Warner Anderson Dr. Robert Campbell
Irving Bacon Sam Skelly
Harry Barris Anna's Boyfriend
Nana Bryant Mrs. H. Davenport Drew
Naomi Childers Night Maid
Dorothy Christy Cashier
Constance Collier Mme. Jaleska
Cora Sue Collins Jane Rand
Dick Crockett Bell Captain
Xavier Cugat Himself
Hal K. Dawson First Clerk
Rosemary de Camp Anna
Jacqueline De Wit Kate Douglas
Carli Elinor Orchestra Leader
Ella Ethridge
Estelle Etterre Assistant Florist
Rex Evans Pianist
Franklin Farnum
Bess Flowers Guest
Byron Foulger Barber
Arno Frey Maitre d'Hotel
Bob Graham Singer
Porter Hall Stevens
William Hall Cassidy, the Doorman
William Halligan Chief Jennings
Russell Hicks McPherson
Dick Hirbe Newsboy
Gladden James Assistant Manager
Michael Kirby Lt. John Rand
Hope Landin
Ruth Lee The Woman
Shirley Lew
Karen Lind
Billy Louie Chinese Girl
Jack Luden Clerk
Miles Mander British Secretary
Frank McClure Florist
Sandra Morgan
Moroni Olsen House Detective Blake
Frank Puglia Emile
Gordon Richards Headwaiter
Gertrude Short Telephone Operator
Wyndham Standing Literary Type
William Tannen Photographer
Ruth Warren
John Wengraf Alex
Charles Wilson Mr. Johns
Phyllis Thaxter Cynthia Drew
Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director, Producer
Kay Thompson Arranger
Guy Bolton Screenwriter
Jack Bonar Set Decoration/Design
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Marion Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Bella Spewack Screenwriter
Samuel Spewack Screenwriter
Charles Walters Choreography
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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