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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.

Director:

A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

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W.C. Fields reaches from bed to turn on the lamp on the nightstand. The lamp goes on before his hand reaches it. See more »

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Peggy: Won't you join me in a glass of wine?
Professor Quail: You get in first, and if there's room enough I'll join you.
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Soundtracks

Reefer Man
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Music by J. Russel Robinson
Sung by Cab Calloway with His Orchestra
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A cinematic time capsule
1 January 2012 | by dimpletSee all my reviews

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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