->''"I want to be alone. I think I have never been so tired in my life."''
->''"Grand Hotel... always the same. People come, people go. Nothing ever happens."''
-->-- '''Dr. Otternschlag'''
Adapted from Vicki Baum's novel, this 1932 [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] film was directed by Edmund Goulding and featured an AllStarCast including Creator/GretaGarbo, John Barrymore, Creator/JoanCrawford, Wallace Beery, and Creator/LionelBarrymore. It tells the intertwining stories of the various guests who check into Berlin's famous Grand Hotel (based on the RealLife Adlon Hotel):
* The Baron (John Barrymore), a poor aristocrat who's resulted to thievery to pay off his debts.
* Mr. Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), who has come to the Grand Hotel to live it up after finding out he is terminally ill.
* Flaemmchen (Crawford), a secretary who is barely scraping by.
* Preysing (Beery), a businessman who is desperate for a deal that could save his failing business.
* Gruinskaya (Garbo), a Russian ballerina who is burned out on life.
* Their stories are observed by Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), who's too drunk to notice that stuff does happen in the Grand Hotel.
''Grand Hotel'' won the AcademyAward for Best Picture, without even being nominated for any other Oscars, the only time this has ever happened. It was remade in TheForties as ''Weekend at the Waldorf'', starring Lana Turner.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AndTheAdventureContinues: A young married couple check in to the hotel at the end, indicating that more people wlll come and have adventures.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: [[spoiler:Shortly after the Baron dies, the major-domo of the hotel (Jean Hersholt) finds out that his wife has delivered a baby boy.]]
* BookEnds: Opens and closes with the inaccurate observations of Dr. Otternschlag.
* GentlemanThief: "Baron" Felix von Gaigern, making his living as a hotel thief.
* HaveAGayOldTime: The Baron and Kringelein agree that the best life is "a short life and a gay one".
* ImpoverishedPatrician: The Baron is the BlackSheep of his family, and flat broke as a result.
* InfoDump: A series of telephone conversations at the beginning sketch out the stories of several characters.
* IronicEcho: The "nothing ever happens" line, said by Dr. Otternschlag for the second time after a great deal has happened.
* JerkAss: Preysing, he's a perverted [[BadBoss tyrant]] and a cheat.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The only one to use a German accent was Wallace Beery, who plays the main villain.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Subverted and lampshaded (see Ironic Echo).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Kringelein, who no longer has anything to lose, gives this to his scumbag boss, Preysing.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Kringelein's response when a desperate Preysing tries to buy him off.
* SexySecretary: Flaemmchen, who models in her spare time.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Grusinskaya notices that no one misses her after she doesn't show up for the ballet.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Otto Kringelein has a terminal illness, so he spends all his money to live the end of his life in luxury.