International House by Edward Sutherland (US, 1933, 68 min.). Described by the Hays Office as “vulgar and borders constantly on the salacious,” International House is a prime example of the manic, boisterous energy of early sound comedies. The ostensible plot is set in motion by Dr. Wong, an eccentric scientist who calls for an international conference at a swanky hotel to demonstrate his latest invention. As potential investors descend on the hotel various storylines emerge all in the interest of highlighting hilarious bits of comic business by the cast.
Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute. Preserved in conjunction with Universal Pictures from a 35mm composite nitrate print and a 35mm acetate dupe negative. Laboratory services by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio, Simon Daniel Sound. Special thanks to Bob O’Neil.