Hotel Berlin (1945)

97-98 mins | Drama | 17 March 1945

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Producer:

Louis F. Edelman

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Production Designer:

John Hughes

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The opening title card reads "Warner Bros. Pictures presents Vicki Baum's Hotel Berlin ." The film's working title was Hotel Berlin '43 . The film ends with the following written quotation signed by the Allied leaders, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin: "Our purpose is not to destroy the German people--but we are determined to disband all German armed forces--break up the German General Staff--eliminate all German industry used for military production--bring all war criminals to just and swift punishment--wipe out the Nazi Party and Nazi laws from the life of the German people--Germany must never again disturb the peace of the world."
       Vicki Baum's novel was serialized in Collier's (6 Nov--4 Dec 1943). A press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced Herman Schumlin as director. Other press releases note that Trude Berliner, a European actress who was confined in a Nazi concentration camp for almost four months, coached Andrea King and Faye Emerson with their German accents and identified technical advisor Roger Neury as the maitre d'hotel at the Macambo nightclub and former maitre d' at the Adlon Hotel in pre-war Berlin. A 25 Jan 1945 HR news item notes that Warner Bros. rushed the release of the picture to coincide with the Russian and Allied drives on Berlin. According to the Var review, the story was updated to include late war events. A 4 Mar 1945 LAT article on this subject notes that Elliott Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, married Faye Emerson during ... More Less

The opening title card reads "Warner Bros. Pictures presents Vicki Baum's Hotel Berlin ." The film's working title was Hotel Berlin '43 . The film ends with the following written quotation signed by the Allied leaders, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin: "Our purpose is not to destroy the German people--but we are determined to disband all German armed forces--break up the German General Staff--eliminate all German industry used for military production--bring all war criminals to just and swift punishment--wipe out the Nazi Party and Nazi laws from the life of the German people--Germany must never again disturb the peace of the world."
       Vicki Baum's novel was serialized in Collier's (6 Nov--4 Dec 1943). A press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced Herman Schumlin as director. Other press releases note that Trude Berliner, a European actress who was confined in a Nazi concentration camp for almost four months, coached Andrea King and Faye Emerson with their German accents and identified technical advisor Roger Neury as the maitre d'hotel at the Macambo nightclub and former maitre d' at the Adlon Hotel in pre-war Berlin. A 25 Jan 1945 HR news item notes that Warner Bros. rushed the release of the picture to coincide with the Russian and Allied drives on Berlin. According to the Var review, the story was updated to include late war events. A 4 Mar 1945 LAT article on this subject notes that Elliott Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, married Faye Emerson during filming. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Mar 1945.
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Daily Variety
2 Mar 45
pp. 3-4.
Film Daily
2 Mar 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 45
p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
4 Mar 1945.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Dec 44
p. 2250.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Mar 45
p. 2337.
New York Times
3 Mar 45
p. 11.
Variety
7 Mar 45
p. 20.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Paul Andor
Patricia Clarke
Harold Ramond
Hans Furberg
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte paintings
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Dial coach
Unit mgr
Unit pub
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Hotel Berlin by Vicki Baum (New York, 1944).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Vicki Baum's Hotel Berlin
Hotel Berlin '43
Release Date:
17 March 1945
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 2 March 1945
Production Date:
15 November 1944--15 January 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 March 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13196
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97-98
Length(in feet):
8,821
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1945, Nazi soldiers search a Berlin hotel for doctor Martin Richter, an escapee from a concentration camp. Richter pretends to be a waiter delivering a meal to Nazi actress Lisa Dorn. Lisa is suspicious of his behavior but believes him to be an undercover Gestapo man. Meanwhile, facing military defeat, some highly placed Germans make plans to steal a submarine and escape to South America. Armin Van Dahnwitz, who was part of a conspiracy to kill Hitler, is warned by his friend, Baron Von Stetten, that as the last remaining conspirator, he must take the honorable route of suicide. Instead Van Dahnwitz readies his airplane and asks Lisa to fly that night with him to Sweden. Explaining that her work keeps her in Berlin, Lisa refuses and also turns down his marriage proposal. Learning that a waiter who aided him has been captured, Richter tries to escape. Lisa has discovered his true identity, but Richter offers to help her leave Germany with the help of the resistance if she will help him leave the hotel. When Lisa leaves for the theater, Richter crawls through the window of her room and enters the room of fellow Dachau prisoner, Johannes Koenig, a Nobel prize winning scientist. Koenig's experiences have affected his mind, and when Richter speaks enthusiastically of Germany's approaching defeat, he reveals that the Nazis have offered to set up a laboratory for him in South America. Richter argues that it will merely be a front for the Nazi underground. While they talk, Tilli Weiler, the hotel hostess, and a maid explore Lisa's suite and find a jacket that Richter left ... +


In 1945, Nazi soldiers search a Berlin hotel for doctor Martin Richter, an escapee from a concentration camp. Richter pretends to be a waiter delivering a meal to Nazi actress Lisa Dorn. Lisa is suspicious of his behavior but believes him to be an undercover Gestapo man. Meanwhile, facing military defeat, some highly placed Germans make plans to steal a submarine and escape to South America. Armin Van Dahnwitz, who was part of a conspiracy to kill Hitler, is warned by his friend, Baron Von Stetten, that as the last remaining conspirator, he must take the honorable route of suicide. Instead Van Dahnwitz readies his airplane and asks Lisa to fly that night with him to Sweden. Explaining that her work keeps her in Berlin, Lisa refuses and also turns down his marriage proposal. Learning that a waiter who aided him has been captured, Richter tries to escape. Lisa has discovered his true identity, but Richter offers to help her leave Germany with the help of the resistance if she will help him leave the hotel. When Lisa leaves for the theater, Richter crawls through the window of her room and enters the room of fellow Dachau prisoner, Johannes Koenig, a Nobel prize winning scientist. Koenig's experiences have affected his mind, and when Richter speaks enthusiastically of Germany's approaching defeat, he reveals that the Nazis have offered to set up a laboratory for him in South America. Richter argues that it will merely be a front for the Nazi underground. While they talk, Tilli Weiler, the hotel hostess, and a maid explore Lisa's suite and find a jacket that Richter left behind. Hoping to obtain the reward for Richter's capture, Tilli reports to Commissioner Joachim Helm but receives nothing. She leaves his office and finds Mrs. Bauer, the mother of her Jewish fiancé Max, waiting for her. Mrs. Bauer tells Tilli that Max did not die in the concentration camp, but was liberated by American soldiers. Back in her room, Lisa finds Richter dressed in a Nazi uniform. Eavesdropping at her door, Helm learns that she is planning to leave and enters her room, where he finds Richter. The two men struggle and Richter kills Helm. Learning that he will not be able to escape the S.S., Van Dahnwitz shoots himself. In the meantime, the Nazis have found Helm's body and send a troupe of S.S. to surround the hotel. By pretending that Richter is drunk, Lisa gets him outside the hotel, but when Von Stetten tells her that the Gestapo think she was involved in Helm's murder, she offers to trade Richter and his knowledge of the underground for a safe passage out of Germany. Members of the underground kidnap Lisa and bring her to their headquarters, where Tilli, Mrs. Bauer and a reformed Koenig wait to leave the country. Shocked by Lisa's betrayal, Richter shoots her. As the Nazis prepare to leave the hotel, an Allied bomb squad passes overhead. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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