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Checking Out: Grand Hotel (2004)

Video | 12 min | Documentary, Short

The making of the Oscar-winning classic, "Grand Hotel" was rife with blazing egos and star behavior unlike anything else in Hollywood history. Never before had there existed an all-star, ensemble cast on film, and none with so many ...See moreThe making of the Oscar-winning classic, "Grand Hotel" was rife with blazing egos and star behavior unlike anything else in Hollywood history. Never before had there existed an all-star, ensemble cast on film, and none with so many heavyweights as MGM could provide. Concieved by MGM's production genius Irving Thalberg, (who brainstormed the notion of an ensemble cast for the film) the film boasted names like Garbo, Crawford, Beery and two Barrymores, went on have its celebrated premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and won the Academy Award for best picture. Thus, the ensemble cast film became a staple for the studio, who went on to produce "Dinner at Eight" and several others in the ensuing years. Written by Peter Fitzgerald See less
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31 cast members
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Tom Kane
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Maureen O'Sullivan
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Sydney Guilaroff
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J.J. Cohn
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Lew Ayres
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John Barrymore
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Lionel Barrymore
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Wallace Beery
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Paul Bern
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Joan Crawford
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William H. Daniels
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Marion Davies
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Marlene Dietrich
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Jimmy Durante
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
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Clark Gable
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Greta Garbo
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Cedric Gibbons
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Edmund Goulding
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Jean Harlow
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Jean Hersholt
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Walter Huston
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Lola Lane
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Louis B. Mayer
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Robert Montgomery
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Conrad Nagel
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Edward G. Robinson
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Norma Shearer
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Lewis Stone
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Irving Thalberg
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Jackie Cooper
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3.1 / 10 | 66 votes