Weekend at the Waldorf: Remake of Grand Hotel, Starring Ginger Rogers, Van Hefflin and Lana Turner

Rehashing Vicki Baum’s novel Grand Hotel, which had been made into a 1932 all-star Best Picture, Weekend at the Waldorf is penned by the couple Samuel and Bella Spewak.

The scenario is based on Guy Bolton’s adaptation of Baum’s book, which tried to make it more relevant and timelier, by changing the original characters into WWII vets, for example.

The setting shifts from Europe to New York’s famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Ginger Rogers plays movie star Irene Malvern who arrives in town with her maid Anna for a friend’s wedding and the premiere of her latest movie.

War correspondent Chip Collyer is mistaken for a jewel thief by Irene, but he is playing along to catch her attention.

Flyer Capt. James Hollis was wounded in WWII and facing surgery in three days.

Wealthy shyster Martin X. Edley is trying to sign the Bey of Aribajan to a shady oil deal.

Oliver Webson, a reporter for Collier’s Weekley, hopes to expose Edley.

Bride-to-be Cynthia Drew suspects that fiancé Bob is in love with Irene Malvern.

Lana Turner plays Bunny Smith, a variation of Joan Crawford 1932 part, the hotel’s stenographer hoping to escape her poor background by marrying Edley.

The reporter Randy Morton loiters in the lobby hoping to land a scoop for his newspaper.

The theme song of the film, which was very popular at the box-office, “And There You Are,” was written by Sammy Fain and Ted Koehler.

Cast

Ginger Rogers as Irene Malvern

Walter Pidgeon as Chip Collyer

Van Johnson as Capt. James Hollis

Lana Turner as Bunny Smith

Edward Arnold as Martin X. Edley

Keenan Wynn as Oliver Webson

Robert Benchley as Randy Morton

Leon Ames as Henry Burton

Phyllis Thaxter as Cynthia Drew

Warner Anderson as Dr. Bob Campbell

Rosemary DeCamp as Anna

George Zucco as Bey of Aribajan

 

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