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Release Date:
1 January 1937 (USA) See more »
American theatrical manager (Menjou) discovers Henie preparing for the Olympics in Switzerland and brings her to Madison Square Garden. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sonja Henie ... Greta Muller

Adolphe Menjou ... Tad Spencer

Jean Hersholt ... Heinrich Muller

Ned Sparks ... Danny Simpson

Don Ameche ... Bob Harris

The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers

Arline Judge ... Billie Spencer
Borrah Minevitch ... Adolphe
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals ... Harmonica Ensemble (as Borrah Minevitch and His Rascals)

Dixie Dunbar ... Goldie
Leah Ray ... Girl in Band
Shirley Deane ... Girl in Band
Albert Conti ... Hotel Manager
Julius Tannen ... Chapelle

June Gale ... Girl in Band

Montagu Love ... Ratoffsky (alias of Sir Frederick Brooks, Olympic Secretary)
Lillian Porter ... Girl in Band
Helen Ericson ... Girl in Band
Diane Cook ... Girl in Band
Bonnie Bannon ... Girl in Band

June Wilkins ... Girl in Band
Clarice Sherry ... Girl in Band

Pauline Craig ... Girl in Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Abel ... (uncredited)
Don Ackerman ... (uncredited)
Louise Allen ... (uncredited)
Ward Arnold ... (uncredited)
Kathryn Barnes ... (uncredited)
Sue Barstead ... (uncredited)
John Benson ... (uncredited)
Harriet Bertrand ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Pamela Blake ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Bracken ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ted Bradford ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Brande ... Dancer (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Olympic Chairman (uncredited)
Annabelle Brudie ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marianne Brudie ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Julie Cabanne ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lloyd Carlos ... Skater (uncredited)
Jeremy Carroll ... Skater (uncredited)
Lindsay Chambers ... (uncredited)
Jay Chandler ... Skater (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Olympics Spectator (uncredited)
Les Clark ... (uncredited)
Vivian Cox ... (uncredited)
Abe Diamond ... Abe Diamond (uncredited)
Leo Diamond ... Leo Diamond (uncredited)
Marian Duval ... (uncredited)
Clarette Ellis ... (uncredited)
John Matt Farrell ... (uncredited)
Louis Feldman ... Louis Feldman (uncredited)
Emily Fitzpatrick ... (uncredited)
Margaret Fitzpatrick ... (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Spectator at Madison Square Garden (uncredited)
Al Furbish ... Al Furbish (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Announcer (uncredited)
Alyce Goering ... Skater (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... (uncredited)
Joan Gray ... (uncredited)
Josephine Hall ... (uncredited)
Nat Harty ... (uncredited)
Edith Haskins ... (uncredited)
Robert Heasley ... Skater (uncredited)
Joyce Hinds ... (uncredited)
Mary Jane Hodge ... (uncredited)
Dorothy Hope ... (uncredited)
Gus Hyland ... (uncredited)
Jerry James ... (uncredited)
Alma Johnson ... (uncredited)
Adelaide Kaye ... (uncredited)
Crystal Keate ... (uncredited)
Lynne Kelly ... (uncredited)
Betty Kiss ... (uncredited)
Bob Layton ... (uncredited)
Patsy Lee ... (uncredited)
Harold Leighton ... Harold Leighton (uncredited)
Martha Manning ... (uncredited)
Art Manuel ... (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... (uncredited)
Donald Maxwell ... (uncredited)
John McDonald ... (uncredited)

Paul McVey ... Madison Square Garden Announcer (uncredited)
Gordon Merrick ... (uncredited)
Jerry Miley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bob Milton ... (uncredited)
Patricia Monroe ... (uncredited)
Dagmar Moody ... (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Olympics Spectator - Frenchman Eating Apple (uncredited)
Ernie Morris ... Ernie Morris (uncredited)
Palmer Morrison ... (uncredited)
Jack Morton ... (uncredited)
Jerre Murphy ... (uncredited)
James Notaro ... (uncredited)
Alex Novelle ... Alex Novelle (uncredited)
Emmett O'Brien ... (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... (uncredited)
Grant Peasley ... (uncredited)
Patsy Perrin ... (uncredited)
Aaron Phillips ... (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ... (uncredited)
Johnny Puleo ... Johnny Puleo (uncredited)
Virginia Ray ... (uncredited)
Sam Rice Jr. ... (uncredited)
Aileen Riggin ... (uncredited)
Jeanne Robinson ... (uncredited)
Earl Robson ... (uncredited)
Frances Sawyer ... (uncredited)
H.E. Schaller ... (uncredited)
Louise Seidel ... (uncredited)
Rudy Shaves ... (uncredited)
Al Siegel ... (uncredited)
Russ Silver ... (uncredited)
James Sisk ... (uncredited)
Marvin Sleeper ... (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... (uncredited)
Bert Sprotte ... Driver of Sleigh (uncredited)
Lucille Stafford ... (uncredited)
Bright Stanley ... (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ... (uncredited)
Marie Stewart ... (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Dancer / Ice Skater (uncredited)
Alice Stombs ... (uncredited)
Ann Taylor ... (uncredited)
Hope Taylor ... (uncredited)
Valerie Traxler ... (uncredited)
Kathleen Turner ... (uncredited)
Léon Vallée ... (uncredited)
Margo Webster ... Elise Mercier - French Skater (uncredited)
Robert Weldon ... (uncredited)
Hal Welling ... (uncredited)
Kenny Williams ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Writing credits
Leonard Praskins (story) and
Mark Kelly (story)

Leonard Praskins (screenplay) and
Mark Kelly (screenplay)

Eddie Cherkose  uncredited
Lester Lee  contributing writer (uncredited)
Samuel Pokrass  uncredited
Harold Rome  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Ben Silvey .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
Casting by
Lew Schreiber 
William Maybery (uncredited)
Walter Whaley (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eddie Souders .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive in charge of production
Sid Bowen .... unit manager (uncredited)
Ed Ebele .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Forsyth .... assistant director
Gene Bryant .... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Guttman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino .... props (uncredited)
Walter Wermich .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound
P. Kelly .... cable person (uncredited)
Emmett O'Brien .... assistant sound mixer (uncredited)
Roy Potts .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Fayon .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
William E. Thomas .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Van Wormer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Witherspoon .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
R.R. Morris .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Brady .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Jack Wells .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Other crew
Jack Haskell .... skating ensembles
Lew Schreiber .... assistant choreographer
Nick Castle .... choreographer (uncredited)
Bobs Hoagland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #2850)

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USA Film debut of Sonja Henie.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
one in a million...well, not really, 22 April 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Twentieth Century Fox's "One in a Million" provides some light entertainment as well as the skating of Sonja Henie. The film has historic interest in that part of it takes place at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, though politics are never mentioned. Henie actually won the Olympics in 1928, 1932, and 1936. This film was released in December 1936 and apparently was done before the 1936 Winter Olympics took place.

It's a slight story - Menjou and his troupe of performers arrive to work at a Swiss hotel, but find it has been burned down. They seek shelter at a nearby inn, run by Greta (Henie) and her father (Jean Hersholt). Reporter Don Ameche arrives to get the dope on the burnt hotel, apparently destroyed by an anarchist. Instead, he becomes interested in Greta and her Olympic quest and also her father's story. He was stripped of his Olympic medal in 1908 because he supposedly had worked as a professional, though he really hadn't. Menjou winds up endangering Greta's Olympic status in his zeal of signing her for his show.

There is lots of music in "One in a Million" but most of it, including the title song, isn't all that great. "Who's Afraid of Love?" is pretty, particularly when sung by Ameche, who had a lovely, light tenor voice that matched his charming film persona. Though Ameche continued to star in 20th Century Fox films and had a marvelous career, after Tyrone Power arrived, the roles that would have been intended for him went to Power, including Power's breakout role in "Lloyds of London." Menjou is a little over the top, and the Ritz Brothers I'm sure entertained the kiddie crowd with their slapstick. Arline Judge, as Menjou's wife, gives one of the best performances with her dry delivery. She had the best lines, too, so I suppose that helped. Hersholt as usual is sympathetic and wonderful.

Pretty, petite Henie was a natural for film. A vibrant presence on the ice, her skating, of course, was much less athletic than one sees today. As far as speed, spins, and showmanship, she could compete today. Some of her moves are no longer done - the pirouettes, which were really lovely, and that trademark dancing on "point" like a ballerina. The jump landings are interesting - rather than getting out of the jump quickly, the style in those days was to let the front leg continue to turn the skater into several circles, and jumps were landed with the head and body pointed downward. Some turns were done with a bent back leg, which looks really strange when viewed now. But Henie in her day elevated the sport of skating and should be appreciated for what she brought to it.

"One in a Million" is interesting for being Henie's debut. If you fast forward through the Ritz Brothers, you'll find it a lot more palatable.

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