GRAND HOTEL at sea. It's the early 1930s, and an oceanliner peopled with a cross-section of society is leaving Vera Cruz for Bremerhaven. In the high class section are several well-to-do people, while steerage holds sugar workers returning to Spain after a season of work in Cuba. There are
several wealthy Germans on the ship, and all are asked to sit at the captain's table save two--Heinz Ruhmann, a Jew, and Dunn, a dwarf. Werner, the ship's doctor and a man with a bad heart, makes time with Signoret, a Spaniard being deported for her political activities. Drunken satyr Marvin is a
failed baseball player whose career went awry because he couldn't hit the outside cu...