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Iceland (1942)

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Marine, James Murfin, is unaware of Icelandic customs. When he flirts with Katina her Icelandic family take his actions as a proposal of marriage to Katina. Desperately wanting out, James ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Katina Jonsdottir
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Capt. James Murfin
Jack Oakie ...
Slip Riggs
Felix Bressart ...
Papa Jonsdottir
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Sverdrup Svenssen
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Helga Jonsdottir
Joan Merrill ...
Adele Wynn
Fritz Feld ...
Herr Tegnar
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra ...
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Louis Adlon ...
Valtyr Olafson (as Duke Adlon)
Sammy Kaye ...
Himself - Leader of His Orchestra
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Marine, James Murfin, is unaware of Icelandic customs. When he flirts with Katina her Icelandic family take his actions as a proposal of marriage to Katina. Desperately wanting out, James gets his buddy to help him. Good Luck! Written by Kelly

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Approved
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5 November 1943 (Portugal)  »

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Iceland  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

I Like a Military Tune
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Joan Merrill with Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
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ICELAND attempts to duplicate the success of "Sun Valley Serenade"...
1 February 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

20th Century-Fox showed little imagination when they decided to team SONJA HENIE and JOHN PAYNE again after the huge success of SUN VALLEY SERENADE. Unfortunately, it doesn't work this time, despite the presence of some likable supporting players and Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra.

The gave a wartime slant to the story by having John Payne as a stubborn marine in love with a flirtatious Norwegian skater (Henie) who sets her cap for him despite a series of misunderstandings and mishaps. Add a band like Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra, a couple of potential hit ballads ("There Will Never Be Another You" and "I Love A Military Man") and a little comic relief (Jack Oakie, Sterling Holloway) and you have a formula for a successful Fox musical.

Not so. Everything about the plot seems like nothing more than filler material to fill in between skating interludes. Henie smiles her dimpled smile and and goes through her part with her usual enthusiasm but this time the romance with John Payne is as weak as the silly storyline that has him duped into pretending they're married.

The film's biggest compensations are the skating sequences and here the star is shown in pretty costumes during an extensive and rather extravagant routine in which she skates to various tempos of popular music--but there are just too many dull stretches and limp comic moments between skating to bring the film up to SUN VALLEY SERENADE's standard.

The supporting cast can't be blamed. Felix Brassert, Stanley Holloway (uncredited) and Jack Oakie are all up to the comedy relief their roles offer and do their best with some passable material.

Nevertheless, the film was a huge money-maker for Fox due to the commercial success of Henie's previous hit--but be warned. It's no "Sun Valley Serenade". If you don't expect too much, perhaps Sonja's big skating number will be worth waiting for.


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