|HOTEL (director: Richard Quine; screenwriters: Wendell Maves/from a novel by Arthur Hailey; cinematographer: Charles Lang; editor: Sam O'Steen; music: Johnny Keating; 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, torch singer), Alfred Ryder (Capt. Yolles); Runtime: 125; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Wendell Mayes; Warner Bros.; 1967)|
|"Well produced, old-fashioned
by Dennis Schwartz
produced, old-fashioned drama handsomely directed by
Richard Quine ("Bell Book and Candle"/"The
World of Suzie Wong"/"Sex and the Single Girl"), the
actor turned director. It's based on the best-selling
1965 novel by Arthur Hailey, and is adeptly written by
Wendell Maves. It was shot both on location in New
Orleans and at the Warner Bros. backlot in
hotel in question is the respectable posh
tasteful St. Gregory Hotel in New Orleans,
owned for a long time by the cultured but bigoted
Warren Trent (Melvyn Douglas).
It's suffering from big financial problems and because
of that might be taken over by a bland uncaring
modernized hotel chain run by the hardened businessman
Curtis O'Keefe (Kevin
McCarthy). Trent accepts the advice of his
shrewd loyal manager, Peter McDermott (Rod
Taylor), and manages to get union backing.
creates an incident that has a Negro
couple not given a room by the hotel, even though the
couple were shown to be paid for that service by
O'Keefe, the union withdraws its support. The drama
also creates a series of incidents in the hotel, such
as the Duke of Lanbourne (Michael
Rennie), the expected next British
Ambassador to the United States, killing a child while
drunk in a hit-and-run accident and is being
blackmailed for $25,000 by the sleazy hotel detective
Dupere (Richard Conte). To add a soap
opera flavoring, McDermott has an
affair going with O'Keefe's sultry French
mistress, Jeanne (Catherine Spaak).
There's also the problem over Keycase
Milne, a comical burglar, trying to burglarize
the problems are neatly solved by the end of the third
act, which is nice if you can go along fully with such
a morally acceptable contrived happy ending. It
tries to be a less than grand Grand Hotel, and while
fulfilling that aim also succeeds in being
entertaining and filled with good performances.
film was the inspiration for a successful
television series, also called Hotel,
which ran from 1983-1988..
REVIEWED ON 9/2/2014 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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