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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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A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)

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Francis Martin (screen play), Walter DeLeon (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Hopkins Joyce ... Peggy Hopkins Joyce
W.C. Fields ... Professor Henry R. Quail
Rudy Vallee ... Rudy Vallee
Stuart Erwin ... Tommy Nash
George Burns ... Dr. Burns
Gracie Allen ... Nurse Allen
Sari Maritza ... Carol Fortescue
F. Chase Taylor F. Chase Taylor ... Colonel Stoopnagle
Budd Hulick Budd Hulick ... Budd
Cab Calloway ... Cab Calloway
Bela Lugosi ... General Nicholas Branovsky Petronovich
Rose Marie ... Rose Marie (as Baby Rose Marie)
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Manager
Edmund Breese ... Dr. Wong
Lumsden Hare ... Sir Mortimer Fortescue
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Professor Wong has invented a television 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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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa Internacional See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Sung by Rose Marie with a dual piano accompaniment and played in the background
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The Big Broadcast of 1933
17 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Paramount had the brilliant idea of featuring radio in the movies the previous year with The Big Broadcast. That film featured all kinds of radio stars the public only imagined and had an anarchic plot similar to International House.

I've often wondered if Paramount didn't mean to have this be The Big Broadcast of 1933 originally. Repeating from the cast of The Big Broadcast are Stu Erwin and Burns & Allen and Cab Calloway. Adding to the general hilarity are W.C. Fields, Franklin Pangborn, Rudy Vallee, Bela Lugosi, and the Paris Hilton of her day, Peggy Hopkins Joyce.

The slender thread of a plot this movie hangs on involves a Chinese inventor Edmund Breon who invents the seeing eye, radio you can see as well as listen to. Everyone wants to get their hands on this valuable patent. A lot of the musical guest stars get hooked into the film via the inventor testing out the device.

Bing Crosby made his feature film starring debut in The Big Broadcast and I wonder why his crooning rival Rudy Vallee was hired for this film. Rudy has a nice, but unmemorable number.

Of course what makes the film really go are Burns and Allen and W.C. Fields. They uplift any film they are in. George and Gracie's montypythonesque type dialog is timeless and priceless.

So is Fields of course, the eternal misanthrope. There was one bit of humor I caught in International House though that is rather dated. During that final chase scene through the International House lobby with Fields in an automobile, he pokes his head through the car roof and puts his top hat on. He then remarks something about this car used to belong to the Postmaster General.

As it turns out Herbert Hoover's Postmaster General was a rather fatuous gentlemen named Walter Brown. He liked to wear high silk hats and had a limousine designed with an extra tall roof so he could ride with his topper on. At government expense of course in the middle of the Depression. He was forever derided as High Hat Brown after that and even a year later after Hoover was out of office, W.C. Fields could wring a laugh or two with that crack from the Depression audience.

Still though, this should really be called The Big Broadcast of 1933.


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