IMDb > International House (1933)
International House
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

International House (1933) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.1/10   854 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 19% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Francis Martin (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for International House on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
27 May 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Grand Hotel of comedy
Plot:
Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
So-So Vehicle For Comics & Singers See more (35 total) »

Cast

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

W.C. Fields ... Professor Quail

Rudy Vallee ... Himself

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 ... Himself

Bela Lugosi ... General Petronovich
Marie Osborne ... Herself (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)
Al 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
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
68 min (copyright length)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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:
[Professor Quail enters during Rudy Vallee's song]
Professor Quail:How long's this dogfight been going on?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a MugSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
So-So Vehicle For Comics & Singers, 9 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

With this kind of lineup, maybe I expected too much. It just wasn't as funny and good as I had anticipated, but still had some good moments.

Some notes from the film:

Stu Erwin's role as the sappy American who gets sick every time he nearly gets married isn't that funny and goes on too long compared to the rest of the "skits." Gracie Allen was humorous with her normal dumb-woman role. W.C. Fields livens up the film whenever he's on screen.

Music-wise, there is an interesting Busby Berkeley-type dance number with pretty women in risqué outfits. Cab Calloway and his band to "Reefer Man," which is pretty good. Young Rose Marie shocked me with her mature-woman, throaty-voice song. I actually liked Rudy Valley's voice in here in the short song he performs.

There really isn't much of a story in here as this movie is mainly a showcase for some comedians and singers.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (35 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for International House (1933)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Stoopnagle + Bud mheckman-1
One of the best movies ever made mathteachermike
Similiar film ray-441
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Barbarian Invasions Saving Face The Man Who Came to Dinner The Black Widow Feast of Love
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.