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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

Complete credited 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
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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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Taglines:

Sparkling With Stars, Gaiety, Music!

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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10 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

| (Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Loveland in the Wintertime
(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Written for the movie and possibly played instrumentally
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Wimpy story just excuse for good characters and great skating

After some exciting ice-skating scenes, the best part of this movie is the charming interplay between and among the characters.

Lew Ayres has what seems to be for him a very different type of role, and his and Jimmy Stewart's characters have some dialogue that is often funny.

Even Lionel Stander gets to play, for a change, a nice character also with some good lines.

Joan Crawford, of the gorgeous legs, was a noted dancer, and it's surprising, at least to me, that she didn't skate -- and, with her legs, it's disappointing, too. I mean, what a wonderful excuse to showcase her in a short costume. Oh well, she got a chance to play a much softer character, and that was refreshing to watch.

The story, such as it was, was fairly wimpy, and really just an excuse to present the skating scenes. Good enough. The only real complaint I have is that the color scenes didn't start earlier. The arena skating was actually more exciting than the filmed skating, but the cinema scenes were beautiful.

I'd recommend this as a thoroughly enjoyable light entertainment -- heck, almost any movie with Jimmy Stewart is worth watching.


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