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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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Professor Henry R. Quail
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Rudy Vallee
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Tommy Nash
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Carol Fortescue
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Budd Hulick ...
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Cab Calloway
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General Nicholas Branovsky Petronovich
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Rose Marie (as Baby Rose Marie)
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Hotel Manager
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Dr. Wong
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Sir Mortimer Fortescue
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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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27 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Casa Internacional  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior sets of Shanghai and Wu-Hu, China, were recycled from Josef von Sternberg's Paramount film Shanghai Express (1932), starring Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Professor Quail: [looking through key hole] What won't they think up next?
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Merrily We Roll Along
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In the score for Professor Quail's automobile ride in the hotel
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Want to see a 6 Day Bicycle Race?
18 December 2004 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

A lot of commotion falls upon the International House hotel in Wu Hu China. Doctor Wong is planning to demonstrate a new television device and sell it to Tommy Nash, representative of the American Electric Company. Nash escorts Peggy Hopkins Joyce to the hotel as well, which makes his fiancé jealous. Also jealous is Joyce's ex-husband, Gen. Nicholas Petronovich, who is also trying to buy the invention. Gen. Petronovich tries to have Nash quarantined, but only succeeds in quarantining the hotel, with him outside the hotel. The arrival of Prof. Quail, millionaire and drunkard, creates more chaos in the hotel with his crude manners, and enrages Gen. Petronovich when he mistakenly believes Quail is sleeping with Peggy. The International House turns into madness as everyone tries to return the hotel to normal. The movie is entirely plot less, but relies on its silliness to move along, and it works. Fields is a riot drunkenly stumbling around delivering his trademark one liners. Many of the other big stars make appearances via Wong's television (Rudy Vallee, Cab Calloway, Stoopnagle and Budd). Gracie Allen's hair-brained lines have a slight logic behind them to make them funny. The movie seemed to be a bit too chaotic at times, but the chaos works in certain scenes. Rating, 7


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