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International House (1933)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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

[Professor Quail enters during Rudy Vallee's song]
Professor Quail: How long's this dogfight been going on?
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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Reefer Man
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Music by J. Russel Robinson
Sung by Cab Calloway with His Orchestra
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W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen, and Cab Calloway are highlights of the uneven International House
27 January 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

While I remember watching this on VHS in the '90s, the only parts that I had total recall were the exchanges between Gracie Allen, her husband George Burns, Franklin Pangborn, and the one and only W.C. Fields. Well, I also remember the musical performances of Baby Rose Marie and especially Cab Calloway with that "Reefer Man" number. The other parts I forgot and when watching it again just now on YouTube, I can see why-there wasn't much that was very funny other than what I cited in the first sentence. I mean, the story concerning Stuart Erwin, a lady named Peggy Hopkins Joyce who was obviously somebody famous then but is just obscure now, and his fiancée often stopped the movie dead in the tracks whenever they were on. At least Ms. Joyce got some good scenes with Fields especially when a cat was used near the end resulting in the kind of risqué joke that would have been verboten a year later when the Hays Code went into full effect. Of course, the same could be said of that Calloway number that I just mentioned so I'm not surprised that that quite wonderfully weird number would be censored when the movie appeared on actual TV as opposed to the "radioscope" depicted here. Not a classic but International House is very much worth a look for many of the now-iconic stars that were just trying to entertain to the best of their ability. Oh, and that teacup number with future Winnie the Pooh voice actor Sterling Holloway as a dancing sailor has to be seen to be believed...


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