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The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to be the owner's wife. However, he soon begins to notice that his new manager is paying more attention to his wife than he believes is appropriate, and begins to suspect that his new manager has designs not only on his wife but on his business. Meanwhile, someone from the new manager's past shows up with information that could wreck his plans. Written by
Joe Morgan (Barry Sullivan) drifts into town and rather unconvincingly lands a job at a theatre where he works his way up the ladder in an extraordinarily short space of time. The owner Frank (Albert Dekker) goes away on a business trip leaving Joe in charge of the ice shows starring Roberta Elva (Belita). Roberta is Frank's wife and love sparks begin to fly between her and Joe. What will Frank do when he discovers what is going on?.....
A couple of problems with the film: 1) - the way Joe is just handed promotion after promotion for absolutely no reason: 2) - the casting of Barry Sullivan. I thought he was a 3rd-rate Franchot Tone.
These points aside, the film carries you along with musical ice-skating interludes that are entertaining and quite tense on a couple of occasions as Belita performs a jump through a ring of swords. The sets and lighting are good and the story keeps unravelling right to the very end of the film. With the exception of Barry Sullivan, the cast are good and Eugene Palette deserves a mention as "Harry", the manager that Belita can always trust. There is also a funny moment where some Cuban clown called Miguelito Valdes introduces one of Belita's ice dance numbers by singing a song with a big drum. He's rubbish. At the end of the day, it's Belita's film and it's a good story to watch again.
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