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Hotel Splendide (1932 film)

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Hotel Splendide (1932 film)

Hotel Splendide
Directed by Michael Powell
Produced by Jerome Jackson
Written by Philip MacDonald (story)
Ralph Smart
Starring Jerry Verno
Anthony Holles
Edgar Norfolk
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Arthur Grant
Edited by Arthur Seabourne
Distributed by Ideal
Release dates 18 July 1932 (UK)
Running time 53 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Hotel Splendide is a 1932 British comedy drama film directed by Michael Powell. It was made as a Quota quickie.


Jerry Mason inherits the Hotel Splendide at Speymouth but is disappointed when he sees it is a quiet place with few permanent residents. Gentleman Charlie, a jewel thief arrives after a long spell in prison expecting to be able to dig up the pearls he had buried - only to find the hotel has been built on the site.



Made for £4,000 for Gaumont-British, the film features one of the earliest cinematic uses of Gounod's "Funeral March of the Marionettes", better known as the theme music for Alfred Hitchcock Presents.




  • Chibnal, Steve. Quota Quickies : The Birth of the British 'B' Film. London: BFI, 2007. ISBN 1-84457-155-6
  • Powell, Michael. A Life in Movies: An Autobiography. London: Heinemann, 1986. ISBN 0-434-59945-X.

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