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Hotel Imperial (1939)

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67 min | Drama

It is the fate of a small frontier town, adjoining the no-man's-land where the Russians and Austrians are fighting out one of the final campaigns of World War I, to be occupied one day by the Russians, the next by the Austrians, and the ...See moreIt is the fate of a small frontier town, adjoining the no-man's-land where the Russians and Austrians are fighting out one of the final campaigns of World War I, to be occupied one day by the Russians, the next by the Austrians, and the inhabitants soon acquire a complacent view of the changing allegiances. To the town comes Ann Warschaska, intent on avenging the suicide of her sister, who has killed herself after being betrayed by an Austrian officer. She knows no more about his identity than the number of his room at the "Hotel Imperial". She gets a job at the hotel as a maid but soon combines this work with modeling, when an eccentric Russian, General Videnko, with a passion for painting asks her to pose for him. Breaking into the fatal Room 12, she finds Lt. Nemassey, a young Austrian officer who has taken refuge there after being separated from the army. Thinking him the betrayer of her sister, she plans to hand him over to the occupying-Russians, but relents when she learns that there are two Room 12's. The man actually guilty of the crime is a Russian spy who holds a commission in the Austrian army. Believing him to be a fellow-soldier in distress, Nenassey makes plans to help him escape, but finds out at the last minute that he is a Russian spy. A strange turn events allows Nenassey to aid Anna in her mission and rid his country of a dangerous enemy at the same time. General Videnko, meanwhile, is giving a grand-style banquet for the man who will never be able to attend another. Written by Les Adams See less
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Lajos Biró (story "Színmü négy felvonásban") | Gilbert Gabriel (screenplay) | Robert Thoeren (screenplay)
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May 11, 1939 (United States)

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Isa Miranda
Anna Warschawska Anna Warschawska   See fewer
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Ray Milland
Lieutenant Nemassy Lieutenant Nemassy   See fewer
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Reginald Owen
General Videnko General Videnko   See fewer
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Curt Bois
Anton Anton   See fewer
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Bull Anderson
Videnko Sentry (uncredited) Videnko Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Andrews
Col. Paloff (uncredited) Col. Paloff (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Bakewell
Cadet (uncredited) Cadet (uncredited)   See fewer
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Agostino Borgato
Old Actor (uncredited) Old Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Egon Brecher
Pograncz (uncredited) Pograncz (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur W. Cernitz
Staff Officer (uncredited) Staff Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Spencer Charters
Visoff (uncredited) Visoff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Davison Clark
Irate Officer (uncredited) Irate Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Compson
Soubrette (uncredited) Soubrette (uncredited)   See fewer
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Virginia Dabney
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Sheila Darcy
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paula DeCardo
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert Dekker
Sergeant (uncredited) Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Denning
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Paul Everton
Troupe Manager (uncredited) Troupe Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Frazer
Austrian Courier (uncredited) Austrian Courier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norah Gale
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Russell Hicks
Austrian Officer (uncredited) Austrian Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Holman
Burgomeister (uncredited) Burgomeister (uncredited)   See fewer
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Judith King
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Knoche
Cossack (uncredited) Cossack (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Kortman
Austrian Sergeant (uncredited) Austrian Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Kruger
Sentry (uncredited) Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethan Laidlaw
Sentry (uncredited) Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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George MacQuarrie
Frightened Old Man (uncredited) Frightened Old Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Magrill
Austrian Sentry (uncredited) Austrian Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joseph Marievsky
Staff Officer (uncredited) Staff Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Andre Marsaudon
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Robert Middlemass
General Von Schwartzberg (uncredited) General Von Schwartzberg (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Phillips Jr.
Butcher Boy (uncredited) Butcher Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Roach
Fat Comic (uncredited) Fat Comic (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bodil Rosing
Ratty Old Woman (uncredited) Ratty Old Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Savitsky
Staff Officer (uncredited) Staff Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Shumway
Russian Officer (uncredited) Russian Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Tenbrook
Sentry (uncredited) Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernö Verebes
Ivan (uncredited) Ivan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Victor
Sultanov (uncredited) Sultanov (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gustav von Seyffertitz
Priest (uncredited) Priest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Luana Walters
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michel Werboff
Russian Sergeant (uncredited) Russian Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marek Windheim
Feinberger (uncredited) Feinberger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wolfgang Zilzer
Limping Tenor (uncredited) Limping Tenor (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 42 votes