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Writers:
Francis Martin (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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Grand Hotel of comedy
Plot:
Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Peggy Hopkins Joyce ... Peggy Hopkins Joyce

W.C. Fields ... Professor Quail

Rudy Vallee ... Rudy Vallee

Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Nash

George Burns ... Doctor Burns

Gracie Allen ... Nurse Allen
Sari Maritza ... Carol Fortescue
F. Chase Taylor ... Colonel Stoopnagle (as Colonel Stoopnagle)
Budd Hulick ... Budd (as Budd)

Cab Calloway ... Cab Calloway

Bela Lugosi ... General Petronovich
Marie Osborne ... Marie (as Baby Marie)

Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Edmund Breese ... Doctor Wong
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Mortimer Fortescue

Sterling Holloway ... Sailor
Lona Andre ... Chorus Queen
Harrison Greene ... Herr Von Baden
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Clem Beauchamp ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Bo Ching ... Hotel Bell-hop (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Health Inspector (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... General's Henchman (uncredited)
Etta Lee ... Peggy's Maid (uncredited)
Bo Ling ... Cigar Counter Clerk (uncredited)
Al Morgan ... Bass Player in Cab Calloway's Band (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Telegram Clerk (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Mr. Brown - Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Henry Sedley ... Serge Borsky (uncredited)
Mary Jane Sloan ... Sugar Bowl (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Rollins - Electric Company Boss (uncredited)
Louis Vincenot ... Mr. Brown - Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
James Wong ... Inspector Sun (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ... Newsreel Reporter (uncredited)
Gwen Zetter ... Tea Pot (uncredited)

Directed by
A. Edward Sutherland  (as Edward Sutherland)
 
Writing credits
Francis Martin (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon (screen play)

Neil Brant (from a story by) and
Louis E. Heifetz (from a story by)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photographed by)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Albert Myers .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Dewey Wrigley .... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... second camera (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Morris .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Newhard .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ralph Rainger .... music & lyrics by
Leo Robin .... music & lyrics by
 
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Runtime:
68 min (copyright length)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
During the filming of one of W.C. Fields' scenes, a mild earthquake struck Los Angeles. The earthquake was supposedly captured on film. In the film clip, Fields and his co-stars are speaking their lines on the hotel lobby set, when the picture begins to shake as if the camera is vibrating. A chandelier on the set begins to swing back and forth, and a lamp suddenly falls over. Fields calmly ushers his co-stars off the sound stage, telling them to stay calm and walk slowly. The "earthquake footage" of Fields was played in newsreels across the country in the weeks following the 1933 quake. Nearly forty years later, however, director A. Edward Sutherland admitted that the "earthquake footage" was a hoax concocted by Fields and himself. It was done by rigging wires on the lamp and chandelier, and shaking the camera to simulate an earthquake. Sutherland claimed that he and Fields were amazed when the "earthquake footage" was accepted as genuine by newsreel distributors. "We shared a big laugh and an even bigger drink," the director recalled. To this day, the fake "earthquake footage" is occasionally broadcast and accepted as genuine by entertainment TV shows such as "Access Hollywood." The footage appears in the film Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The hole in the roof of Prof. Quail's car disappears and reappears during the chase.See more »
Quotes:
Hotel Manager:I'm the manager of this hotel.
Professor Quail:I wouldn't brag about it if I were you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Devil's Joint (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Reefer ManSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The China Syndrome, 8 June 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (Paramount, 1933), directed by A. Edward Sutherland, is a minor comedy that has grown into a classic, thanks to its frequent television revivals over the last few decades, later distribution on video cassette and DVD, and classic movie cable channels, first on American Movie Classics in 1992, and then, nearly ten years later, its resurrection again, this time on Turner Classic Movies, in 2001. After all these years, this 1933 gem is still very funny.

Set in Wu-Wu, China, Doctor Wong (Edmund Breese), the inventor of the radio scope (now known as television), is staying at the International House, a luxurious hotel, where he plans to meet with representatives who want to submit bids to buy his invention. One of them is Tommy Nash (Stuart Erwin), an employer for the American Electric Company visiting China on behalf of his firm. Unable to get a train to Wu-Wu (the bridge is washed out), he decides to take his car and drive there. At the train station, he encounters Peggy Hopkins Joyce (Peggy Hopkins Joyce), who overhears his plans and talks herself into riding with Nash, in hope to also get to the International House and see this latest invention that has made news headlines. Reaching International House, Tommy locates his fiancée, Carol Fortescue (Sari Maritza), who is upset because she has learned about his lady passenger, causing friction in their relationship. Complications ensue when Tommy, who always acquires some childish diseases such as chicken pox or mumps, acquires the measles and is put in quarantine, although in reality he has only a harmless rash. But this is the way one of Nash's competitors, General Nick Petronovich (Bela Lugosi), also one of Peggy Joyce's ex-husbands, puts him away while he tries to submit a bid for the radio scope. His plan fails when the entire hotel is quarantined and Petronovich finds he is unable to return inside the hotel, forcing himself to obtain a room at a sleazy hotel across the street.

Also at the hotel are Doctor Burns and Nurse Allen (George Burns and Gracie Allen); Lumsden Hare as the confused Sir Mortimer Fortescue, Carol's father; and Franklin Pangborn as the harassed hotel manager. Nearly a half hour from the start of the story comes Professor Henry R. Quail (WC Fields), entering the hotel rooftop via his auto gyro (airplane) from Juarez, Mexico, looking for Kansas City. Since Kansas City is "lost", Quail is here to stay at International House, disrupting everything and everyone around, which leads to misunderstandings, such as Petronovich witnessing from the hotel room across the street Quail sleeping in the same room as his ex-wife, Peggy, to a wild and crazy chase that leads Quail to drive his little car around the hotel and down the fire escape. (For any Paramount movie of this sort, "Anything Goes," so don't explain logic). The Burns and Allen comedy exchanges, which are part of the storyline, succeeds in stirring up some chuckles today. And see who gets the last laugh when Fields encounters Gracie wanting his autograph.

Aside from 70 minutes of sheer comedy madness and very risqué dialog that somehow got past the censors, INTERNATIONAL HOUSE takes time for some forgettable tunes written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger. The first, a production number that echoes a Busby Berkeley dance routine, is "The Chinese Teacup and the Coffee Mug" (performed on the rooftop by Sterling Holloway and Lona Andre, sung by an unidentified and unseen vocalist). As Doctor Wong demonstrates his invention by trying desperately to get the Six Day Bicycle Race, the radio scope picks up famous entertainers of the day, such as Colonel Stoopnagle and Budd demonstrating their numerous inventions such as a revolving gold fish, a one dimensional alarm clock, etc., which sounds all "too peachy"; to vocalists singing songs, including "Thank Heaven for You" (sung by Rudy Vallee); "My Blue Bird is Singing the Blues" (sung by Baby Rose Marie); and "The Reefer Man" (sung by Cab Calloway and his band). All these musical interludes are brief, usually under five minutes. "The Reefer Man" was one song that suffered the TV's ax from some commercial TV stations, along with what Fields says when he finds a cat in his car, but fortunately these scenes have been restored. An instrumental song, "Look What I've Got," (introduced in a Maurice Chevalier musical, A BEDTIME STORY, 1933) is played during a hilarious scene where Fields and Joyce are preparing to take their showers and go to bed, unaware of each other's presence in the bedroom. This segment alone must be seen to be believed.

In spite of former famous Ziegfeld showgirl Peggy Hopkins Joyce obtaining top-billing in the cast, it is today acclaimed a W.C. Fields comedy. He practically walked off with the movie. At the time of the film's release, Joyce was not only well-known world wide celebrity with numerous ex-husbands, but a headliner in many circulated newspapers. Today she is virtually forgotten and her name rests in the land of the obscure. To learn more about this once famous actress, here appearing in her only talkie and final film, read the 2000 biography by Constance Rosenblum titled "Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life of Peggy Hopkins Joyce," and then go see this movie. (***)

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