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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.
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
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.