Cast & Crew
Because of financial difficulties, the elegant and respectable St. Gregory Hotel in New Orleans is in danger of falling into the hands of Curtis O'Keefe, the ruthless owner of a modernized chain of hotels. In a desperate attempt to forestall a takeover action Warren Trent, the hotel owner, a bigoted and strong-principled gentleman, takes the advice of his loyal manager, Peter McDermott, and secures union backing. O'Keefe counters by creating an incident in which a Negro couple is turned away from the hotel. Although McDermott exposes the couple as paid agitators, the union withdraws its support. Meanwhile, other crises are developing at the hotel: the Duke of Lanbourne, soon to be named British Ambassador to the United States, has killed a child in a hit-and-run accident and is being blackmailed for $25,000 by Dupere, an unscrupulous hotel detective; McDermott has become romantically involved with O'Keefe's French mistress, Jeanne; and Keycase, a thief, is attempting to burglarize as many rooms as possible. The Duke decides to turn himself over to the police, but while he is riding down in the elevator with a young mother, her daughter, and Keycase, the elevator suddenly smashes against the shaft girders. In saving the lives of the other passengers, the Duke is killed. After Keycase has been arrested, Trent turns down O'Keefe's final offer and decides to sell the St. Gregory to a real estate corporation. Jeanne leaves O'Keefe for McDermott, and Trent makes plans to open a small family inn.
Carter Dehaven Jr.
George James Hopkins
M. A. Merrick
Jean Burt Reilly
Hotel was a film populated by craftsmen who had worked in the studio era of Hollywood, like director Richard Quine, who had been an actor before turning to directing, and costumers Edith Head and Howard Shoup who had been in films since the 1930s. The stars were Hollywood veterans: Melvyn Douglas, plays the hotel's owner who watches his property preyed upon by potential buyers like Kevin McCarthy, who wants to automate everything with conveyor belts. Popular Australian leading man Rod Taylor plays the hotel manager, Richard Conte is a hotel detective blackmailing a duke and duchess (Michael Rennie and Merle Oberon) who are hiding in the hotel after a hit-and-run accident. French actress Catherine Spaak is featured as a tycoon's beautiful mistress and jazz singer Carmen McRae is on hand to sing and speak a few lines. Nearly stealing the film is Karl Malden, who would reach the zenith of his career only a few years later in the television show The Streets of San Francisco, playing a hard-nosed cop. In Hotel, he plays a thief who breaks into guest rooms to steal cash and valuables. Malden later wrote, "I never said so little on screen or had so much fun." His performance would earn him a Golden Laurel award nomination.
Film critic Bosley Crowther noted the resemblance to Grand Hotel in his January 20, 1967 The New York Times review of the film, but times had changed as Hotel featured a scene of African-Americans being refused a room in the hotel. "[I]t brings into illustrative focus, for the first time in a Hollywood film that I recall, the helpfulness of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a case of deliberate fraud...Hotel is colorful and crafty. It is entertaining without being at all profound. Now if only Greta Garbo had shown up, we might have had a grand reunion in New Orleans."
The film may have been inspired by an earlier work but it was later the inspiration for a successful television series, also called Hotel which ran from 1983-1988. Produced by Aaron Spelling, it starred James Brolin, Connie Sellecca and, in her final role, Anne Baxter.
Producer: Wendell Mayes
Director: Richard Quine
Screenplay: Wendell Mayes (written for the screen by); Arthur Hailey (novel)
Cinematography: Charles Lang
Art Direction: Cary Odell
Music: Johnny Keating
Film Editing: Sam O'Steen
Cast: Rod Taylor (Peter McDermott), Catherine Spaak (Jeanne Rochefort), Karl Malden (Keycase Milne), Melvyn Douglas (Warren Trent), Merle Oberon (The Duchess Caroline), Richard Conte (Detective Dupere), Michael Rennie (Geoffrey - Duke of Lanbourne), Kevin McCarthy (Curtis O'Keefe), Carmen McRae (Christine), Alfred Ryder (Capt. Yolles)
C-125m. Letterboxed. Closed Captioning.
by Lorraine LoBianco
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The Internet Movie Database
Malden, Karl and Malden, Carla. Where Do I Start? A Memoir
A sure way to empty a hotel fast: drop an elevator.- Peter McDermott
Location scenes filmed in New Orleans.
Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967
Film spawned the TV series of the same name.
Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967