A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »
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
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The characters viewed on Dr. Wong's radioscope were popular radio stars of the time. See more »
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 »
I was wondering if there was anyone still alive from this wonderful old film. And there is at least one: Rose Marie. You know, Sally Rogers from the Dick Van Dyke Show. Someone should interview her about this.
I love to watch International House around New Years because it provides a gauge of the passage of time. It's been 78 years now since it was made. It all looks so old, but so will we in the year 2090.
I saw this in college and it was the first time I saw Cab Calloway do Refer Man. You remember him from The Blues Brothers. And Rose Marie was a regular on the Dick Van Dyke Show. George Burns went on to play the Big Guy in Oh, God.
To fully appreciate this, you need to watch some Busby Berkeley musicals from the period, as the tea cup number, in particular, uses some of the same devices. See 42nd Street, and the way the dancers use cutouts of the Manhattan skyline, for instance. It's hard to say who was copying whom, as they were both made about the same time. Perhaps they both got the idea from earlier Broadway numbers by Ziegfeld.
This is a wonderful film. If you haven't seen it, you are in for a treat. Just don't view it with 21st century eyes. Try to put yourself back in 1933 sitting in a movie theater with some hot buttered popcorn watching one of those new talking pictures. With singing and dancing by lots of beautiful dames, too!
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