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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
Marie Osborne ...
Marie (as Baby 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

Ruth Etting was originally proposed to sing in this film. Her spot was taken by "Baby" Rose Marie. 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: Won't you join me in a glass of wine?
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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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Madness of the funny sort.
6 January 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Early form of television that doesn't need a broadcast station brings people from all over the world to Wu Hu China with the hopes of buying it. Among those at the hotel guests are George Burns and Gracie Allen (as the hotel doctor and nurse), Bela Lugosi as a Russian General, WC Fields as a mad Professor, Frank Pangborn as the Hotel manager, and Sterling Halloway. While through the magic of TV we see Rudy Vallee, Rose Marie and Cab Calloway (who performs Reefer Man).

Wild comedy that is the sort of big budget multi star film that could only have been made in the studio system. Tighter story wise than many of the films of this sort its really more an excuse to have Burns and Allen and WC Fields be very funny for just over an hour. The jokes come along at a good clip, and since this is really pre-code they are often shaded slightly blue. To be certain the Burns and Allen stuff is close to being a cliché form of their routine, but its still funny. Fields arrival by auto-gyro heralds the arrival of Fields as a comic force to be reckoned with, as the film ceases to be about nothing so much much as Fields running over everyone and everything.He's a hysterical. Also amazing is Bela Lugosi in a rare comic turn. Bela plays it straight and his slow burn is funny enough that he clearly in the running with Edgar Kennedy as the man with the best one in Hollywood. He's so good at being silly one can't help but wish he had never made Dracula and been typecast as such.

This is a real gem.


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