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International House (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 27 May 1933 (USA)
Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

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(as Edward Sutherland)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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Peggy Hopkins Joyce ...
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Professor Quail
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Rudy Vallee
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Tommy Nash
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Sari Maritza ...
Carol Fortescue
F. Chase Taylor ...
Colonel Stoopnagle (as Colonel Stoopnagle)
Budd Hulick ...
Budd (as Budd)
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Cab Calloway
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General Petronovich
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Rose Marie (as Baby Rose Marie)
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Hotel Manager
Edmund Breese ...
Doctor Wong
Lumsden Hare ...
Sir Mortimer Fortescue
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Storyline

Professor Wong has invented a television machine and invites everyone to see it at China's International House Hotel. Every time Tommy Nash attempts to wed his fiancée Carol Fortescue he comes down with an illness, and when he breaks out in a rash the hotel is quarantined. Into this hotel flies Professor Quail in his auto-gyro. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Grand Hotel of comedy

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Comedy

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Release Date:

27 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa Internacional  »

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(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The characters viewed on Dr. Wong's radioscope were popular radio stars of the time. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Prof. Henry R. Quail is by his auto gyro talking to Doctor Wong and Peggy Hopkins Joyce, you can see the shadow of the boom mic moving above their heads. The boom mic then hits something, presumably the auto gyro, making a noise which makes Prof. Henry R. Quail and Peggy Joyce look up. See more »

Quotes

[Peggy finds a litter of assorted kittens on her seat]
Peggy: I wonder what their parents were.
Professor Quail: Careless, my little dove cake, careless.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: W.C. Fields (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a Mug
(1933) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Sung offscreen by an unidentified man and danced by Sterling Holloway, Lona Andre,
Mary Jane Sloan, Gwen Zetter and Chorus
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So-So Vehicle For Comics & Singers
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With this kind of lineup, maybe I expected too much. It just wasn't as funny and good as I had anticipated, but still had some good moments.

Some notes from the film:

Stu Erwin's role as the sappy American who gets sick every time he nearly gets married isn't that funny and goes on too long compared to the rest of the "skits." Gracie Allen was humorous with her normal dumb-woman role. W.C. Fields livens up the film whenever he's on screen.

Music-wise, there is an interesting Busby Berkeley-type dance number with pretty women in risqué outfits. Cab Calloway and his band to "Reefer Man," which is pretty good. Young Rose Marie shocked me with her mature-woman, throaty-voice song. I actually liked Rudy Valley's voice in here in the short song he performs.

There really isn't much of a story in here as this movie is mainly a showcase for some comedians and singers.


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