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I See Ice (1938)

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George plays an aspiring news photographer that gets pictures by way of a spy camera in his bow tie. Comic confusion and chases arise from his inadvertently taking blackmail-able snaps of ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
George Formby ...
George Bright
Kay Walsh ...
Judy Gaye
Betty Stockfeld ...
Mrs. Diana Hunter
Cyril Ritchard ...
Paul Martine
Garry Marsh ...
Tim Galloway
Frederick Burtwell ...
Ernest Sefton ...
Gavin Gordon ...
Night Club Singer
Ernest Jay ...
Theater Manager
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Lotus Club Manager
Gordon McLeod ...
Lord Felstead
Archibald Batty ...
Col. Hunter


George plays an aspiring news photographer that gets pictures by way of a spy camera in his bow tie. Comic confusion and chases arise from his inadvertently taking blackmail-able snaps of an important editor,and on-ice confrontations with his figure-skating love interest's jealous boyfriend, including in the middle of a professional hockey match. Written by WesternOne

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28 December 1938 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Comme sur des roulettes  »

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Mother What'll I Do Now?
Written by George Formby & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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I see warmth
26 November 2006 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

I See Ice was the 8th film George Formby had made, it fell in his classic period 1937-41 before the move from Ealing to Columbia. All of the familiar ingredients were in place, the essential part being the shy guy falling for the cultured girl (in this case the lovely Kay Walsh) and overcoming adversity to win her. With a few songs.

Here George is an aspiring photographer who is "commissioned" by a newspaper's boss to get pictures of the big ice hockey match – much against the organisers' wishes. His secret weapon is that the camera is ingeniously hidden. For much of the film he's on the run from the police who are steely and desperate to catch him as he had previously stopped the train to London and refused to pay the £5 fine or do the 14 days in prison. Nowadays of course, the British police are not even interested in apprehending violent street muggers because it only carries a caution – so much for progress! The songs are In My little Snapshot Album (in the baggage van), Oughts and Crosses (at the Lotus Club) and Mother What'll I Do Now (in his cell). Roddy McDowell has a brief scene on the train at the beginning (taking him to Hollywood?) and Garry Marsh has a good role as a very human newspaper editor with a nice girlfriend.

All in all, one of my favourite Formby's, utter nonsense to the uninitiated but a harmless little film with a nice atmosphere from another world.

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