Sunday, December 26, 2010

Week-end at the Waldorf (1945) Things Are Bound to Happen!

Week-end at the Waldorf (1945) MGM
Directed By: Robert Z. Leonard
Starring: Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon & Keenan Wynn.

Ginger Rogers & Walter Pidgeon
Taglines: "When Strangers Meet -- and Love -- Things Are Bound to Happen!"

Many things can happen especially in the climate of WWII at the New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Over a course of one weekend we follow a movie star whom is staying at the famed hotel named Irene Malvern (Rogers). Irene is a high maintenance dame that needs someone for every need though is getting burnt out from the Hollywood structure and demand. The lifestyle has taken a toll on her in a great way both emotionally and physically making her drained and needing time away from things to herself. While staying there meets a war correspondent Chip Collyer (Pidgeon) and thinks he is a thief after her jewels. During this same weekend a soldier Captain James Hollis (Johnson) finds out that he is very ill and requires an operation so looks to have a lovely romance with someone special to enjoy all the time he has. The solder Chip meets at the hotel a lovely young lady named Bunny Smith (Turner) whom is employed by the hotel as a stenographer. Bunny has dreams to someday move up and have bigger and better things. What an eventful one weekend at the Waldorf!

~ Irene is the costume designer for this film and did a lovely job especially on Ginger Rogers clothing, they are simply define in this film!
Ginger Rogers on the set

Lana Turner & Van Johnson

The actual Waldorf-Astoria over one hundred yrs ago!


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  2. The photo above is The Astor Hotel which was built in 1904 and is located in Times Square it was demolish in the late 1960's in built its place was the Minksoff Theater and highrise office building. The original Waldof-Astoria was at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street it was demolished in the late 1920s so the Empire State Building could be built there and the Waldorf-Astoria moved to its current site now at 301 Park Avenue.