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.


(as Edward Sutherland)


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


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 <>

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Grand Hotel of 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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Did You Know?


In the sequence with the midget car, W.C. Fields remarks that it had belonged to the Postmaster General. This was a shot at Will H. Hays, the former Postmaster General who was then putting together Hollywood's Production Code. See more »


The hole in the roof of Prof. Quail's car disappears and reappears during the chase. See more »


Professor Quail: [looking through key hole] What won't they think up next?
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She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a Mug
(1933) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
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Kudos to wmorrow59 and lugonian
8 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm just impressed that anybody could write as *much* about a trifle like this movie, and do it so well.

The movie certainly gives you a sense of how fleeting fame can be. I got the impression that Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Sari Maritza were household words at the time, and that "Stoopnocracy is Peachy" was the catchphrase on everybody's lips. (Who the hell WERE those guys?!)

Baby Rose Marie of course grew up to be Rose Marie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and every TV game show in the 70s. I didn't know she'd been a child star, & despite the obvious singing talent, I just found the whole thing a little creepy. It reminded me of Thomas Pynchon's Baby Igor in "The Crying of Lot 49."

I kept waiting for Franklin Pangborn to go "Yeeee-eeee-sssss?....Ooooh!"

Fields steals every scene, of course, but if you want him, I wouldn't start here. Go to the Criterion "Six Short Films" DVD, for Godfrey Daniels' sake!

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