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William Drake


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William A. Drake (December 9, 1899 – October 28, 1965), was an American screenwriter. He wrote 7 films between 1932 and 1939. His best-known work is the 1932 film Grand Hotel, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

He was born William Absalom Drake in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA and died in Los Angeles, California. more »

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  • ''A man who is not with a woman is a dead man.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel (1932).
  • What do you do in the Grand Hotel? Eat, sleep, loaf around, flirt a little, dance a little. A hundred doors leading to one hall. No one knows anything about the person next to them. And when you leave...
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel (1932).
  • ''Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go. Nothing ever happens.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel, just before the fade-out (1932).
  • ''Have caviar if you like, but it tastes like herring to me.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), Grand Hotel (1932).
  • ''Flaemmchen: Did you ever see a stenographer with a decent frock on?
    The Baron: I have indeed.
    Flaemmchen: One she'd bought herself?
    The Baron: Oh, I see what you mean.''
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), The Baron (John Barrymore), Grand Hotel (1932).
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