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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

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The misadventures of a group of diverse guests at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

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Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Sam Spewack (screen play), Bella Spewack (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Irene Malvern
Lana Turner ... Bunny Smith
Walter Pidgeon ... Chip Collyer
Van Johnson ... Captain James Hollis
Edward Arnold ... Martin X. Edley
Keenan Wynn ... Oliver Webson
Robert Benchley ... Randy Morton
Phyllis Thaxter ... Cynthia Drew
Leon Ames ... Henry Burton
Lina Romay ... Juanita
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Jessup
Porter Hall ... Stevens
George Zucco ... Bey of Aribajan
Miles Mander ... British Secretary
Frank Puglia ... Emile
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Storyline

Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an operation he'll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer; a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man's dealing with a foreign potentate. And it all happens in the opulent, grandiose New York landmark hotel as a sort of tongue-in-cheek take-off on the classic movie Grand Hotel. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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When Strangers Meet -- and Love -- Things Are Bound to Happen! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weekend im Waldorf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,561,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,513,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,437,520
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland was originally considered for a starring role. See more »

Goofs

When Irene is reclining on the couch talking to Henry about the man she's in love with, her handkerchief keeps appearing and disappearing from her right had between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Randy Morton: Yes. That's the Waldorf Astoria. Big place, isn't it? But, it's home to me, because I happen to live there.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the prinipal roles were credited as the character's name and occupation. See more »

Connections

References Grand Hotel (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon a Dream
(uncredited)
From "Sleeping Beauty" (1890)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played at a party
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A change in perspective
13 November 2000 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

As in many movies made toward the end of World War Two, this film deals with some of the unpleasant effects on the personalities of those veterans who were part to the fighting. In this case, Captain James Hollis (Van Johnson) is amalgam of the troubled soldier: he needs an operation because of a fragment of shrapnel near his heart, he has no family, his friends were all killed in the war, and he is suffering from battle fatigue. This is all complicated in that he is seen as not having the "will to live." He is a hero looking for a long rest, hounded by a war correspondent. These images are quite different from those one finds in the propaganda films of 1940-1943. With victory in sight in 1945, the walking wounded needed help since battle shock was being recognized as a malady of warfare. As a film this is a fairly classy production, with good writing and a host of respectable actors in solid roles. Best of all, the film contrasts glamour on the homefront with the agony of soldiering. Week-ends may be short, but the lasting effect of this "Week-end at the Waldorf" echoes through the decades.


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