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Week-End at the Waldorf (MGM 1945, Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon)

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An updating of Grand Hotel (and predating Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite) following romantic mix-ups between Rogers and Pidgeon and Turner and Johnson with music by Xavier Cugat and humor courtesy of Benchley. No better than expected, but good fun.

Look for ‘Rumba King’ Xavier Cugat, who also provides some music, in a bit part as himself.

production details
Country: USA | MGM | 130 minutes
Release Year: 1945

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
ProducerArthur Hornblow Jr.
Cinematography: Robert H. Planck
Editor: Robert Kern
Music: :Johnny Green
Script: Guy Bolton, Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons

cast
Ginger Rogers as Irene Malvern
Walter Pidgeon as Chip Collyer
Lana Turner as Bunny Smith
Van Johnson as Captain James Hollis
Edward Arnold as Martin X. Edley
Robert Benchley as Randy Morton
Porter Hall as Stevens
Irving Bacon as Sam Skelly
Keenan Wynn as Oliver Webson
Byron Foulger as Joe, a Barber
Leon Ames as Henry Burton
Miles Mander as British Secretary
Moroni Olsen as House Detective Blake
William Halligan as Chief Jennings
Samuel S. Hinds as Mr. Jessup
Frank Puglia as Emile
Warner Anderson as Dr. Robert Campbell
Phyllis Thaxter as Cynthia Drew
Lina Romay as Juanita
George Zucco as Bey of Aribajan
Michael Kirby as Ensign John Rand
Cora Sue Collins as Jane Rand
Rosemary DeCamp as Anna
Jacqueline deWit as Kate Douglas
Charles C. Wilson as Hi Johns
Nana Bryant as Mrs. H. Davenport Drew
Bob Graham as Singer
John Wengraf as Alex
Xavier Cugat as Orchestra Leader
Bess Flowers as Guest at Starlight Roof
George Sherwood as Cassidy
Fairfax Burger as Subordinate (uncredited)

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