Director: Edmund Goulding
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt
Grand Hotel was produced by Irving Thalberg, based on the play by Vicki Baum. The story was set in a glamorous hotel in Berlin. Garbo played the world-weary Russian ballerina Grusinskaya who is on the brink of suicide. She only appeared with John Barrymore on the screen, and enjoyed working with him. It was the first film in Hollywood history to cast five big superstars in one movie, a formula that worked quite well at the box office. Audiences heard Garbo say for the first time, "I want to be alone," the speaking line that became her trademark. Grand Hotel won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1932.