Zippily directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Sam and Bella Spewack, this update of GRAND HOTEL was sensational publicity for the title establishment. Set over one weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria, the film follows several stories, with a couple of tunes tossed in for good measure.
Unhappy movie star Irene Malvern (Ginger Rogers) mistakes weary war correspondent Chip Collyer (Walter Pidgeon) for the shady character her maid (Rosemary DeCamp) has been seeing, and Chip is so charmed that he doesn't tell her she's wrong but rather encourages the mix-up by pretending to be a man
named Duke. By the time the truth is revealed, Chip and Irene have fallen in love. Meanwhile, Cynthia Drew (Phyllis Thaxter) thinks her fiance is in love with Irene and plans to call off the engagement. But Irene averts this disaster by telling Phyllis she is secretly wed to Chip, a rumor that
soon races through the Waldorf. On another floor, hotel stenographer Bunny Smith (Lana Turner) dreams of marrying a man from Park Avenue, where she works, rather than from 10th Avenue, where she lives. She meets Air Corps captain James Hollis (Van Johnson), who is about to go in for some dangerous
surgery, and, of course, loses her heart to the shrapnel-wounded soldier, even though her scheming head tells her she'd be better off as the mistress of wealthy-but-crooked financier Martin X. Edley (Edward Arnold). By the time the complications have been played out, the various lovers are happily
united, James bids fair to survive his surgery, and Edley's plan to bilk the wealthy Bey of Aribajan (George Zucco) is foiled by Chip and cub reporter Oliver Webson (Keenan Wynn). Along the way, Xavier Cugat provides the music and Robert Benchley the comedy relief (as a besotted gossip-monger
fretting over his pregnant Scottish terrier). It's all lots of fun and one of the best hotel commercials ever made. Tunes include "Guadalajara" (Pepe Guizar) and "And There You Are" (Sammy Fain, Ted Kohler).
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- Review: Zippily directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Sam and Bella Spewack, this update of GRAND HOTEL was sensational publicity for the title establishment. Set over one weekend at the Waldorf-Astoria, the film follows several stories, with a couple of tu… (more)