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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

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

Genres:

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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Peggy: I'm sitting on something!
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She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a Mug
(1933) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
Sung offscreen by an unidentified man and danced by Sterling Holloway, Lona Andre,
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W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen, and Cab Calloway are highlights of the uneven International House
27 January 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

While I remember watching this on VHS in the '90s, the only parts that I had total recall were the exchanges between Gracie Allen, her husband George Burns, Franklin Pangborn, and the one and only W.C. Fields. Well, I also remember the musical performances of Baby Rose Marie and especially Cab Calloway with that "Reefer Man" number. The other parts I forgot and when watching it again just now on YouTube, I can see why-there wasn't much that was very funny other than what I cited in the first sentence. I mean, the story concerning Stuart Erwin, a lady named Peggy Hopkins Joyce who was obviously somebody famous then but is just obscure now, and his fiancée often stopped the movie dead in the tracks whenever they were on. At least Ms. Joyce got some good scenes with Fields especially when a cat was used near the end resulting in the kind of risqué joke that would have been verboten a year later when the Hays Code went into full effect. Of course, the same could be said of that Calloway number that I just mentioned so I'm not surprised that that quite wonderfully weird number would be censored when the movie appeared on actual TV as opposed to the "radioscope" depicted here. Not a classic but International House is very much worth a look for many of the now-iconic stars that were just trying to entertain to the best of their ability. Oh, and that teacup number with future Winnie the Pooh voice actor Sterling Holloway as a dancing sailor has to be seen to be believed...


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