Grand Hotel script
Grand Hotel (1932)
Synopsis: Grand Hotel is a 1932 American Pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama film directed by Edmund Goulding. The screenplay by William A. Drake is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Drake, who had adapted it from the 1929 novel Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum. As of 2016, it is the only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without being nominated in any other category. The film was remade as Week-End at the Waldorf in 1945, and also served as the basis for the 1989 stage musical of the same title. During the 1970s, a remake, to be set at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel, was considered.

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CAULDRON OF SOUP being pulled over -- it dislodges a small

cauldron that is near the edge. We see the soup fall and

hear the scream of a woman before showing her agonized face --

She has been scalded. General steamy confusion. The chef has

filled the plate. WE PROCEED the buss-boy out. Half way down

the aisle, the waiter takes it from him.

THE CAMERA follows the waiter who places the soup before Mr.

Preysing. Preysing has been waiting, with his serviette

carefully tucked in his collar. His spoon is in his hand. A

horrible man, ready for action. The soup is in front of him,

he tastes it, pushes it away, frowns, we feel he is going to

tear the place down.

WAITER:

(anxious voice)

Yes.

PREYSING:

(grimly)

Cold.

VOICE:

(near Preysing's elbow)

Mr. Preysing...

PREYSING:

(in same voice)

Yes...

BELLBOY:

Telephone -- from Fredersdorf --

Preysing rises, struts from restaurant. CAMERA FOLLOWS HIM --

He walks out through the door...

DISSOLVE OUT AND INTO:

Between two operators heads. Odd effect at board. CAMERA

TILTS UP as Preysing's head looks right down at girl.

Bellboy is with Preysing.

BELLBOY:

Mr. Preysing from Fredersdorf -- his

call.

GIRL:

Yes, Mr. Preysing --

Preysing begins drumming his fingers on the top of

switchboard.

GIRL:

(nervously)

They've gone -- Just a moment, sir...

PREYSING:

(to boy)

You told me it was on -- you said

the call was through.

(he waits irritably)

SECOND GIRL:

(to first)

Who's in number three?

FIRST GIRL:

Senf -- the hall porter.

(Girl looks off at...)

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SENF IN TELEPHONE BOOTH

SENF:

Yes, it's Senf, the head porter,

Grand Hotel... Are you at the

Clinic?,... How's my wife?,... Is

she in pain?,... Isn't the child

coming soon?,... Patience! It's easy

for you to talk... Get away?,... No,

I can't -- I'd lose my job. It's

like being in jail. Oh, I hope the

child comes along all right.

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William A. Drake

December 9, 1899 in Dayton, Ohio, USA October 28, 1965 (age 65) in Los Angeles, California, USA more…

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