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One in a Million (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 1 January 1937 (USA)
American theatrical manager (Menjou) discovers Henie preparing for the Olympics in Switzerland and brings her to Madison Square Garden.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Leonard Praskins (story), Mark Kelly (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Henie ... Greta Muller
Adolphe Menjou ... Tad Spencer
Don Ameche ... Bob Harris
Ned Sparks ... Danny Simpson
Jean Hersholt ... Heinrich Muller
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Arline Judge ... Billie Spencer
Borrah Minevitch Borrah Minevitch ... Adolphe
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals ... Harmonica Ensemble (as Borrah Minevitch and His Rascals)
Dixie Dunbar ... Goldie
Leah Ray ... Girl in Band
Shirley Deane ... Girl in Band
Albert Conti Albert Conti ... Hotel Manager
Julius Tannen ... Chapelle
June Gale ... Girl in Band
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Storyline

American theatrical manager (Menjou) discovers Henie preparing for the Olympics in Switzerland and brings her to Madison Square Garden.

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Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tourbillon blanc See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Amerian film debut of Sonja Henie. See more »

Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

One in a Million
(1936)
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Music by Lew Pollack
Played by the girls band and sung by Leah Ray on the train
Reprised on harmonicas by Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals as the first part of a medley with "Limehouse Blues"
Reprised by ice skaters singing and by Sonja Henie skating to the music
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
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Terribly disappointing Sonja Henie film
14 June 2014 | by melnar1See all my reviews

I am a long-time, huge Sonja Henie fan. In the figure skating world, she was an innovator and a champion; she also had a wonderful personality which always shone through.

Today, the art of ice skating has progressed to the degree that almost any young figure skater can easily replicate what she did and more. But that's beside the point.

Unfortunately this, her first movie, was not a good vehicle for her, and her subsequent movies for 20th-Century-Fox were very much better.

I think OIAM would have been so much better without the childish shenanigans of the Ritz Brothers and the silly antics of Borrah Minevitch who happened to be a first-class harmonica player and should have been allowed to play his music without the comedy.

The rest of the cast was all right, but nothing to rave about.

The songs were instantly forgettable and I'm pretty sure that no one came out of the cinema whistling the title song – or, for that matter, any of the others.

I don't think this was a marvelously entertaining movie and cannot recommend it to any but the most die-hard Sonja Henie fan. By all means, go for any of the others.


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