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The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 10 March 1939 (USA)
An ice skater jeopardizes her marriage when she becomes a movie star.

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(as Reinhold Schunzel)

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Cast

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Larry Hall
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Eddie Burgess
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Douglas Tolliver Jr.
The International Ice Follies ...
Ice Skating Troupe
Bess Ehrhardt ...
Kitty Sherman
Roy Shipstad ...
Roy Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Eddie Shipstad ...
Eddie Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Oscar Johnson ...
Oscar Johnson - Ice Follies Skater
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Mort Hodges
Charles D. Brown ...
Barney
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Storyline

Mary and Larry are are a modestly successful skating team. Shortly after their marriage, Mary gets a picture contract, while Larry is sitting at home, out of work. To prove that he can accomplish things on his own, he leaves Hollywood and convinces a former partner to put on an ice revue in Canada. The show is a huge success, but it makes it impossible for him to be with his wife, but the studio boss has a wonderful idea. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Sparkling With Stars, Gaiety, Music!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Technicolor) (some sequences)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A large number of actors listed in studio records did not appear in the movie: Charles Williams (Max Morton), Eddie Conrad (Hal Gibbs), Mary Forbes (Lady Hilda), Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (Small Boy), Darla Hood (Sister) and Armand Kaliz (Count). The movie was heavily edited; 'Joan Crawford' recorded three songs, all of which were cut. See more »

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Bess Ehrhardt is billed and introduced as 'Kitty Sherman', but an advertising placard in the movie uses her real name along with character names of some other actors. See more »

Quotes

Larry Hall: Well, what do you think of it, honey?
Mary McKay: It's lovely. It's beautiful. But it could have been even better with...
Larry Hall: With your close-up.
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Connections

Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Lyrics by James W. Blake
Played during the Central Park skating scene
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Stewart&Crawford&Ayres On Ice
20 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ice Follies of 1939 involves a trio of professional skaters, Joan Crawford, James Stewart, and Lew Ayres who have some creative differences and the act breaks up temporarily. So do Crawford and Stewart who are a romantic item.

This was Stewart and Crawford's second film together, the first was The Gorgeous Hussy in which Stewart was only a supporting player. It's too bad that neither of them got anything better.

I also can't put this any better, the three of them look plain ridiculous on skates and they probably felt just as ridiculous.

This film was the brainchild of Louis B. Mayer who looked green with envy over at 20th Century Fox and the money that Darryl F. Zanuck was making with Sonja Henie. I say 'with' and not 'off of' Sonja Henie because Ms. Henie was a star before she signed a contract with Zanuck and Zanuck paid her dearly for her services. Something I'm not sure Mayer was prepared to do.

To gloss over the trite backstage story, MGM did import a whole load of the top ice acts circa 1939 other than Sonja Henie. Interesting to see them and Sonja and compare them to Nancy Kerrigan or Johnny Weir or the infamous Tonya Harding.

Fortunately the next films for Stewart and Crawford were, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Women. The future was going to get better for both.


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