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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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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Ice Escapades, 6 October 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When her contract with 20th Century Fox was finished Sonja Henie went to the newly formed International Pictures for It's A Pleasure. The new company which would shortly merge with Universal Studios was the brain child of J. Arthur Rank and It's A Pleasure was given the same kind of lavish production that characterized Sonja's work with Darryl F. Zanuck at Fox.

Her leading man was Michael O'Shea and I will say this, he never embarrassed himself on the ice as James Stewart, Joan Crawford, and Lew Ayres did in Ice Follies of 1939. In fact while we do have some film of him as a hockey player, there is no footage of him or even a double working in the ice show later on and I suspect for good reason.

Which brings me to the plot, Sonja is a member of an ice show troupe that entertains at half times during hockey matches. O'Shea is a hard drinking, quick tempered hockey player who lights Sonja's fire and a few others as well. When he slugs a referee during a hockey brawl, he's banned from what I presume was the National Hockey League permanently.

But Sonja sells the idea to promoter Bill Johnson to use O'Shea as an attraction for the ice show. I really have to wonder whether someone like Gordie Howe or Andy Bathgate would ever have lent themselves to something like this. A good skater in hockey does not a figure skater make which underlies the essential silliness of the plot.

Johnson's wife Marie McDonald is also interested in O'Shea for her own reasons and therein lies the personal story.

Of course the whole thing is just an excuse to film some of Sonja Henie's elaborate routines on ice. As for Sonja, she was not a great actress by any stretch, but she did project a certain wholesomeness on screen which was the secret of her appeal. I would have to say that she was the greatest female athlete that made the best success transitioning to show business in history.

Although his role as the wronged husband is not really substantial and in fact he's something of a fool here, It's A Pleasure offers moviegoers one of the few filmed performances of Broadway star Bill Johnson. He had a far more substantial stage career and in fact reached his biggest success as a Tony Award nominee for the Rodgers&Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream which was his last role. He died way too young shortly after that musical closed on Broadway. Too bad he wasn't given a song here.

It's A Pleasure is also noted as the film debut of David Janssen who was all of 15 when he made his appearance as the referee of a boys hockey match. Those ears make him recognizable.

It's A Pleasure is an average film that will appeal primarily to figure skating and Sonja Henie fans.

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