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Lynn Starling (screenplay) &
Elliot Paul (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 1945 (USA) See more »
Gay with mirth and music! Warm with romance! Sparkling with splendor! See more »
Don Martin is a star hockey player with the Wildcats until he is barred from Hockey for hitting a referee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Hollywood Interview. 11 May 2009, 11:22 PM, PDT)

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Sonja Henie ... Chris Linden
Michael O'Shea ... Don Martin
Marie McDonald ... Gale Fletcher
Bill Johnson ... Buzz 'Buzzard' Fletcher
Gus Schilling ... Bill Evans
Iris Adrian ... Wilma
Cheryl Walker ... Loni
Peggy O'Neill ... Cricket
Arthur Loft ... Jack Weimar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Kerr ... Hoofer (scenes deleted)

Nelson Leigh ... Waiter (scenes deleted)
Alphonse Martell ... Maitre d' (scenes deleted)
Louise Allen ... Skater (uncredited)
Nils Althin ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Shelby Bacon ... Boy at Hockey Game (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Man at Weinie Bake (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Trooper (uncredited)
John Benson ... Trooper (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... Boy Hockey Player (uncredited)
Roy Bliss ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Trooper (uncredited)
Carol Brinckman ... Skater (uncredited)
Lorraine Brinckman ... Skater (uncredited)
George Brown ... Hockey Referee (uncredited)
Marianne Brudie ... Skater (uncredited)
Arlene Burger ... Skater (uncredited)
Sig Burley ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Betty Caldwell ... Trooper (uncredited)
Nina Campana ... Tenement Woman (uncredited)
Alma Carroll ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Trooper (uncredited)
Fred Chapman ... Boy at Hockey Game (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... Skater (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Canadian Hockey Star (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Messenger (uncredited)
Al Cooper ... Skater (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Trooper (uncredited)
Shirley Davies ... Skater (uncredited)
Dorothy DeWolf ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Amanda Dieterich ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Hazel Dohlman ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Mollie Dryden ... Skater (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Manager of Jewelry Store (uncredited)
Clarice Evans ... Skater (uncredited)
Pamela Ewing ... Skater (uncredited)
Geraldine Farnum ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Man in Hockey Crowd (uncredited)
Alice Fleming ... Carrie (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Saleslady at Jewelry Store (uncredited)
Marilyn Frasche ... Skater (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Man in Hockey Crowd / Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Harold Gehl ... Skater (uncredited)
Alyce Goering ... Skater (uncredited)
Iris Gordon ... Skater (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Tenement Woman (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Nick (uncredited)
Irving Gregg ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Harold Griffin ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Mary Hadlett ... Skater (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Announcer (uncredited)
Clem Harnedy ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Virginia Haroldson ... Trooper (uncredited)
James Hawley ... Specialty Skater (uncredited)
Walter Hedberg ... Skater (uncredited)
Carol House ... Trooper (uncredited)
Louise Illington ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Bud Issacs ... Skater (uncredited)

David Janssen ... Davey / boy referee (uncredited)
A.F. Johnson ... Timekeeper (uncredited)
John Jolliffe ... Specialty Skater (uncredited)
Jimmy Kelly ... Skater (uncredited)
Lynne Kelly ... Skater (uncredited)
Elizabeth Kennedy ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Dorothy Koster ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Mary Ann Kramer ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Vern Kuntzman ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Tommy Ladd ... Skater (uncredited)
Lita Lane ... Skater (uncredited)
Georgia Lange ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Don Loper ... Jan Lorré (uncredited)
Terry Lovelace ... Skater (uncredited)
Alan Lovell ... Skater (uncredited)
Tom Lynn ... Skater (uncredited)
Evelyn Mackert ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Ticket Taker at Train Station (uncredited)
Mickey Malloy ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Shyrle Martinson ... Skater (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Cereal Sponsor (uncredited)
Tom McCormick ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
John McDonald ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Margie McKay ... Skater (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Frank - Stagehand (uncredited)
Bob Meyer ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Ice Show Spectator in Montage (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Bud Moore ... Skater (uncredited)
Kay Morley ... Trooper (uncredited)
Diana Mumby ... Trooper (uncredited)
William Murphy ... Canadian Goalie (uncredited)
Dominic Nacerine ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Bennie Novicki ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
James Oetzel ... Skater (uncredited)
Jerry Paige ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Buck Pennington ... Skater (uncredited)
Corrine Raines ... Skater (uncredited)
Bud Reiser ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Suzanne Rhoades ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
John Roche ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Joanne Rupp ... Skater (uncredited)
Nancy Rush ... Skater (uncredited)
Ken Scott ... Card Shark (uncredited)
Danny Shaw ... Ted (uncredited)
Helen Smith ... Skater (uncredited)
Louise Snyder ... Skater (uncredited)
Jeanne Sook ... Skater (uncredited)
Harlan Spencer ... Skater (uncredited)
Kathleen Stark ... Skater (uncredited)
George Stewart ... Hockey Referee (uncredited)
Ethel Stout ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Marcia Sweet ... Skater (uncredited)
Thad Swift ... Trooper (uncredited)
Mary C. Taylor ... Ballet Skater (uncredited)
Tim Taylor ... Skater (uncredited)
Marilyn Telfer ... Skater (uncredited)
Jerry Thorpe ... Skater (uncredited)
Myron Tobias ... Boy at Hockey Game (uncredited)
Mariann Tucker ... Skater (uncredited)
Bill Udell ... Skater (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Clair Wallace ... Skater (uncredited)
Lane Watson ... Train Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Virginia Wave ... Trooper (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Elevator Man (uncredited)
Naomi Wold ... Skater (uncredited)
Ann Wood ... Skater (uncredited)
Katherine Yorke ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Writing credits
Lynn Starling (screenplay) &
Elliot Paul (screenplay)

Produced by
David Lewis .... producer
Don Loper .... associate producer
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan 
Film Editing by
Ernest J. Nims  (as Ernest Nims)
Art Direction by
Wiard Ihnen  (as Wiard B. Ihnen)
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
Makeup Department
Ann Barr .... hair stylist
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Nina Roberts .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Arthur Johns .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Ray Rennahan .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Paul Bradley .... stunt double: Michael O'Shea (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... musical director
Bruno Mason .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Schoepp .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Sheets .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Don Loper .... choreographer
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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This was Sonja's only Hollywood movie to be filmed in Technicolor. The rest were black and white.See more »
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Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

Lent ongoing allure by the extraordinary early Technicolor process, this ice-skating romance also benefits from contributions by several Oscar-winning technicians, all in top form here, including cinematographer Ray Rennahan (Gone With the Wind), interior designer Wiard Ihnen, and set decorator Julia Heron. Additionally, those responsible for the superlative costumes and hair styling should be recognized, with all of these crew strengths nearly making the plot irrelevant, as a viewer is dazzled in one way or another and, of course, often by the skating of Sonja Henie. For precision skating, Henie has never been topped, and here her known acting shortcomings seem less obtrusive than is usual, as she is supported by a solid cast, including Michael O'Shea, Gus Schilling, Iris Adrian, and a startlingly beautiful Marie McDonald, whose agenda to steal O'Shea from Henie comprises the core of a somewhat melodramatic and simplistic screen play. The script turns upon Henie's love for O'Shea, who plays a professional hockey player who is permanently banned for punching an official, and whose fondness for alcohol leads to a variety of thorny situations which turn his life upside down, and which link him with the difficult to ignore McDonald. All involved in this effort are served well by journeyman director William A. Seiter, who takes charge of the action whenever the scenario flags, although the editing and blocking are at times obtrusive. It all comes down in the end to Henie on ice, and there the pirouetting dervish provides as usual, with her at times off-putting Norwegian inflections not an issue, skating as well as ever and benefiting, as throughout the film, including one non-gelid partnered dance scene, from a lovely score composed by Walter Donaldson and Edgar Leslie.

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