Grand Hotel (1932)

Director
Edmund Goulding

Main cast
Greta Garbo; John Barrymore; Joan Crawford; Wallace Beery; Lionel Barrymore

Genres
Drama

Description
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache.


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