Weekend at the Waldorf

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Weekend at the Waldorf ★★★ 1945

Glossy, americanized remake of “Grand Hotel” set at the famous Park Avenue hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, in New York City. Turner and Rogers star in the roles originated by Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo. Johnson and Pidgeon play their love interests. Combining drawing room comedy with slapstick and a touch of romance proved to be a hit, as this film was one of the top grossers of 1945 and was just what war-weary moviegoers wanted to see. Based on the play “Grand Hotel” by Vicki Baum. 130m/B VHS . Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Lana Turner, Robert Benchley, Edward Arnold, Leon Ames, Warner Anderson, Phyllis Thaxter, Keenan Wynn, Porter Hall, Samuel S. Hinds; D: Robert Z. Leonard; W: Samuel Spewack, Bella Spewack, Guy Bolton.