This film adaptation of a novel by Arthur Hailey – like most other adaptations of Hailey novels – seems doomed to failure because of the almost endless stream of characters flowing through it.
The set of the St Gregory Hotel (probably the film’s one redeeming feature, built at the Warner Bros. Studios at a cost of $350,000) is an amazing mock-up of a New Orleans hotel, which is at the centre of a takeover bid.
The main storyline revolves around the owner, Warren Trent (Melvyn Douglas) with a smattering of subplots involving the guests, to try to maintain momentum.
There are some good scenes with Douglas but lesser performances from Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden and Richard Conte.
The gowns are by Edith Head, and the original music in the score is by Johnny Keating. The film ran over budget and failed to even recoup its production budget at the box office.
This same source material was also used as the basis for the 1980s ABC TV series of the same name starring James Brolin and Anne Baxter.
Warren Trent (Owner of the St Gregory)
Peter McDermott (The Hotel Manager)
Jeanne Rochefort (The Girl from Paris)
Keycase Milne (The Key Thief)
Detective Dupere (The House Detective)
Geoffrey, Duke of Lanbourne
Dr Elmo Adams