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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention, television.

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Peggy Hopkins Joyce
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Professor Henry R. Quail
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Rudy Vallee
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Tommy Nash
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Dr. Burns
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Nurse Allen
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Carol Fortescue
F. Chase Taylor ...
Colonel Stoopnagle
Budd Hulick ...
Budd
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Cab Calloway
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General Nicholas Branovsky Petronovich
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Rose Marie (as Baby Rose Marie)
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Hotel Manager
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Dr. Wong
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Sir Mortimer Fortescue
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Sailor
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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 Bellhop (uncredited)
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Health Inspector (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Helen Harris ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Althea Henley ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
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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)
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Telegram Clerk (uncredited)
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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)
Lee Winter ...
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
James Wong ...
Inspector Sun (uncredited)
Ernest Wood ...
Newsreel Reporter (uncredited)
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Tea Pot (uncredited)

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A. Edward Sutherland ... (as Edward Sutherland)

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Francis Martin ... (screen play) and
Walter DeLeon ... (screen play)
 
Neil Brant ... (from a story by) and
Louis E. Heifetz ... (from a story by)

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Emanuel Cohen ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Howard Jackson ... (uncredited)
John Leipold ... (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger ... (uncredited)

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Ernest Haller ... (photographed by)

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Travis Banton ... (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs ... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Albert Myers ... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)
Dewey Wrigley ... special photographic effects staff (uncredited)

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Guy Bennett ... second camera (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Thomas Morris ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Guy Newhard ... second camera (uncredited)

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Ralph Rainger ... music & lyrics by
Leo Robin ... music & lyrics by
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Plot 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 Ed Stephan

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Also Known As
  • Casa internacional (Spain)
  • Torre de Babel (Brazil)
  • Hotel International (Austria)
  • Kaikenkarvaista väkeä (Finland)
  • Casa Internacional (Portugal)
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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 soundstage, 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 him. 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", Sutherland recalled. To this day, the fake "earthquake footage" is occasionally broadcast and accepted as genuine by entertainment television shows such as Access Hollywood (1996). The footage appeared in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983). See more »
Goofs The hole in the roof of Prof. Quail's car disappears and reappears during the chase. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Too Much Harmony (1933). See more »
Soundtracks She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a Mug See more »
Quotes Professor Quail: Hey! Where am I?
Woman: Wu-Hu.
Professor Quail: Woo-Hoo to you sweetheart. Hey Charlie, where am I?
Hotel Manager: WU-HU!
[Professor Quail removes the flower from his lapel]
Professor Quail: Don't let the posey fool you!
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