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International House

USA 1933
produced by
Emanuel Cohen for Paramount
directed by A. Edward Sutherland
starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Sari Maritza, F. Chase Taylor, Budd Hulick, Cab Calloway, Bela Lugosi, Rose Marie, Franklin Pangborn, Edmund Breese, Lumsden Hare, Sterling Holloway, Lona Andre, Harrison Greene
story by Neil Brant, Louis E. Heifetz, screenplay by Francis Martin, Walter DeLeon, music by Howard Jackson, John Leipold, Ralph Rainger

Burns & Allen

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In a five star hotel in China, Doctor Wong (Edmund Breese) wants to present his new television device, and buyers from all over the world have gathered, including clumsy American Tommy Nash (Stuart Erwin), who is known to be Doctor Wong's favourite. So General Petronovich (Bela Lugosi) from Russia talks the resident doctor (George Burns) and his nurse (Gracie Allen) into having him quarantined ... but then the whole hotel is quarantined while Petronovich is on the outside, so he is deprived of the opportunity to make his bid.

Things are further complicated when an American drunkard, Professor Quail (W.C.Fields), lands on the hotel's roof in a helicopter and creates chaos wherevre he goes, and by two girls (Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Sari Maritza), who are both somehow in a relationship with Nash, but in the end, while Petronovich has already stormed the hotel with a gang of hoodlums determined to steal the television device, Quail, Nash and the two girls manage to escape the hotel by helicopter, the invention safely with them.

 

Interestingly, the thing this film reminded me most of was an award show: It was obviously written by someone with no sense of humour at all trying to write jokes after some recipe, the lead (or host, if it was an award show) is only fairly amusing and remains rather pale throughout, musical numbers (Rudy Vallee, Cab Calloway, Baby Rose Marie) interrupt everything every now and again, there are pointless guest appearances left and right, and after a long time of going nowhere in particular, it culminates in something not particularly interesting ... but at least, the comical guests (W.C. Fields, Burns & Allen) are funny if they are left on their own.

That all said, if you love the Oscars, Emmys, MTV whatever Awards every year, this one's for you, if you like Burns & Allen and/or W.C. Fields, you might want to watch it the porn way (= fast-forwarding through the story-sequences), but other than that, there is little point in wasting 70 minutes of your life on this.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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