Garbo, Crawford, Beery and a couple of Barrymores star in MGM's glorious all-star movie.
Bob Osborne just called it the FIRST all-star cast ever.
Lewis Stone, I'm in it, too!
Watching now. Thanks for the thread OP.
Joan's eye makeup is divine but John Barrymore's is even better.
I like the musical better.
Lewis Stone was a fine looking man. He was perfect as Judge Hardy, but that was toward the end of his career & he had a lot to offer prior to that.
Well, Lewis certainly wasn't fine looking in Grand Hotel.
Kind of touching seeing the Barrymore brothers interacting in one of the few movies they made together. The way they held hands throughout that scene and the way John touched Lionel's face before leaving the room.
John always said that Lionel was the better actor of the two and they were close, along with sister Ethel, up until the day John died.
In a bio of John, John talks about making a bet with someone that when they did a scene together, Lionel would somehow upstage John before the scene was over. The scene was shot and then they all looked at the rushes to see how it looked on the screen. Everything looked ok, nobody was upstaging anyone in the scene until at the very end as Lionel was exiting through a door behind John, Lionel reached back and tugged at his pants, effectively stealing the scene. John was ecstatic and said, "now that Sir is a real actor" and demanded his money from the loser of the bet.
Joan must have felt she had really reached the top of the heap when she was cast in this. I know she highly revered Garbo but I don't think they have a single moment on screen together, do they?
I always found this movie to be a crashing bore.
Garbo chews the scenery to pieces. Crawford is the best thing in this movie.
Garbo is *almost* unwatchable in this, but in her defense she *is* impersonating a neurotic, suicidal grand diva during her twilight.
And the way she kisses John Barrymore, the moment she takes over, is the one devoid of affectation in the whole movie.
I can't stand Garbo. She and Marlene Dietrich's schtick was so tiresome.
I'm sure when it was shot, no one could have ever guessed that Joan Crawford's performance would be the only one in the film that seems totally modern and believable today.
I vaunt to be alone.
The opening shows all my old operator friends at a 15-position cord board.
Love the musical too. Saw it on Broadway and twice on tour.