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It's a Pleasure -- Olympic champion skater Sonja Henie has trouble on her hands in the form of a husband (Michael O'Shea) with a taste for booze and an eye for the ladies in this dazzling musical romance.


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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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DVD Playhouse--May 2009
 (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)
Freddie 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Watchable....and occasionally good., 8 December 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Don (Michael O'Shea--Virginia Mayo's husband in real life) stars as an obnoxious hockey player who gets himself banned from the sport due to fighting and slugging a ref. He also is a heavy drinker and quite cocky--even following the ban. However, he lands on his feet after this and gets a job with a traveling ice show. Inexplicably, despite having NOTHING any sane woman would want, the star of the show (Sonja Henie) is in love with him and eventually they marry. For a while, he stays off the booze and makes something of himself. However, for some reason, a woman with the show (Marie McDonald) is determined to wreck the marriage and get him back on the bottle. What is poor Sonja to do?

For me, this film was pleasant enough BUT suffered from one serious problem--Don was just too unlikable and selfish. After a while, his wife's insistence on sticking with him felt less noble and more like an episode of "Maury" or "The Jerry Springer Show"! Had they softened Don's jerky personality and behavior a bit more, then it might have worked a lot better. For example, if he was just a drunk but a nice guy underneath it all, you might have understood his wife's defending him....a bit. As it was, it was just too difficult to care about him. Because of this the film loses a few points. Additionally, while Henie's ice skating was very popular in films of the day, today watching her in one musical skating number after another got to be pretty dull. The only thing I particularly liked about the film was watching the hockey game early in the film. Seeing hockey the way they played it in the 1940s was pretty interesting--especially with goalies who wore no face protection!! Not a terrible film but one that is, at best, a time-passer.

By the way, when the stars agree to marry, listen to the weird dialog that makes wife beating sound as healthy and natural as can be! Yikes!

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