Cinema: Clean Towels & Dirty People

Hotel is a $4,500,000 renovation of Grand Hotel. The 1932 movie, based on a novel by Vicki Baum, was a gaudy old fleabag with a startling number of star boarders: Greta Garbo, the Barrymore brothers, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt. The new movie, based on a 1965 bestseller by Arthur Hailey that was little more than bum Baum, transposes the premises from Berlin to New Orleans but still provides the customers with a generous supply of clean towels and dirty people.

Room 1415, the Presidential Suite, is occupied by Michael Rennie and Merle Oberon, the Duke and Duchess of...

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